Authorities say that six people were taken to the hospital after a crash that took place on U.S. Highway 101 in Gilroy. The incident took place at about 2:57 a.m on Jan. 31. At that time, an officer noticed a vehicle speeding on Chestnut Street and tried to initiate a traffic stop. However, the driver failed to stop for the officer.
The car then turned into a parking lot at Chestnut and 10th streets where it crashed into a tree. The driver continued to allude police until it crashed through a fence on East Ninth Street, entered the southbound lanes of U.S 101 and collided with three other vehicles. Four people in the other vehicles were treated for minor injuries. Police say that there were at least two people in the suspect vehicle who were found in a northbound lane on U.S 101.
One of those individuals was initially listed in critical condition while the other was in serious but stable condition after the crash. Authorities closed both the northbound and southbound lanes near the accident to gather more information about what happened. It was initially unclear why the driver fled, and those with information about the case were asked to contact police.
People who are involved in a car crash often suffer serious injuries that could take time to recover from and which result in high medical expenses. In many cases, their financial situation is made worse due to the loss of wages resulting from the inability to return to work. If the accident was caused by the negligence of another motorist, an injured victim might want to have the assistance of an attorney in filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for these and other losses.
Source: Gilroy Patch, "6 Hospitalized After Pursuit End in 101 Crash", Bea Karnes, Jan. 31, 2016