A 30-year-old Oregon woman lost her life March 6 in a car accident just moments after being picked up by a relative at a California airport. The accident occurred near Los Angeles/Ontario International Airport in Rancho Cucamonga.
According to the sheriff's department, the woman was picked up from the airport by her cousin, and they drove east on Arrow Route in a 2010 Ford Taurus. Minutes later, the cousin attempted to turn onto White Oak Avenue and crossed into the path of a westbound 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck. The force of the impact ejected the victim from the Taurus, and she died at the scene of the accident.
The victim's cousin and her daughter survived the accident and were transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. The driver of the pickup and a child riding in the vehicle were not hurt. The crash remains under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Major Accident Investigation Team.
California residents who are injured in car accidents caused by a distracted driver or a drunk driver, may wish to discuss their legal options with an attorney. Depending on the details of the incident, legal counsel may advise filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused the crash seeking compensation. Typical damages sought in such a case may include medical expenses, wages lost during recovery and pain and suffering. If a victim is killed in a car accident, it may be possible to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking funeral and burial costs, loss of income, loss of companionship and other damages.
Source: Daily Bulletin, "Oregon woman killed in Rancho Cucamonga crash," Beatriz Valenzuela, March 7, 2016