A California family is left grieving the loss of not just one, but two of their family members after two separate accidents. These tragic car accidents, occurring about a week apart, claimed the lives of a young boy and an elderly man. Local police are still investigating both incidents.
The first victim, a 10-year-old boy, was killed when the car he was a passenger in was struck by a truck that supposedly blew through a stop sign. Police don't believe drugs or alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. At this time, it is unknown if any criminal charges will be filed against the woman deemed responsible for this collision.
Approximately a week later, the second victim, a 70-year-old man, was driving home from work late at night, when his vehicle was hit by a driver who was allegedly driving under the influence. It is believed that the driver thought responsible for this crash has been arrested and is facing vehicular manslaughter charges, though verification of this information is still pending. In both accidents, police are asking any witnesses to come forward with information.
While the two victims weren't directly related, it is reported that they had a close relationship. The family as a whole, both immediate and non-immediate family members to the victims, are grieving the seemingly senseless loss of life their family has suffered. Surviving family members do retain the right to file wrongful death claims on behalf of their loved ones. If either or both of these drivers are found liable for the car accidents, a civil court in California could award the victims' family members monetary compensation -- if their claims are successfully litigated. This could, in turn, provide for the financial losses they have endured as a result of the accidents as they continue grieving.
Source: abc30.com, "Family mourns 2 killed in separate Fresno County car crashes", Linda Mumma, May 11, 2014