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California Authorities Investigate Head-On Crash

Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office announced that a 41-year-old man died in a mid morning collision of three vehicles east of Healdsburg. The man had apparently been driving his Honda Accord east in the westbound lane of Alexander Valley Road.

A representative from the California Highway Patrol said that the the Honda was traveling about 55 mph when a 2012 GMC Yukon moving west sideswiped it while attempting to avoid a collision. After the brush with the Yukon, the Honda continued east and hit a 2012 Kia head on. Rescue personnel had to transport the driver of the Kia to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital because of serious injuries. The accident did not injure the driver of the Yukon.

The possibility that drugs or alcohol caused the driver of the Honda to be in the wrong lane was an open question for CHP investigators who were looking into the matter. Heavy damage resulted for all of the vehicles involved, and the bridge over the Russian River needed to be closed for a couple of hours while work crews cleared the wreck.

Sudden motor vehicle accidents can leave injured victims scrambling to pay for medical bills while experiencing a loss of income due to an inability to return to work for prolonged periods. An attorney can often use the results of the official police investigation report, eyewitness testimony and other evidence to establish that the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist. If the at-fault driver died in the accident, a personal injury lawsuit could name the motorist's estate as a defendant.