A rollover car crash that took place on April 26 left a 14-year-old dead and several others injured. It took place at about 11:20 a.m. on Villaverde Drive in Whittier when the 19-year-old driver of the SUV the girl was a passenger in lost control and hit a mailbox. There were a total of six people in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
According to officials, two of the injuries were considered to be critical, but there were no other details given. A witness said that one person was ejected from the SUV at the time of the crash. The driver was charged with suspicion of felony DUI as well as vehicular manslaughter after he was released from the hospital. Grief counselors were on hand to help students process their emotions after the crash.
People who are injured in car accidents that have been caused by drunk drivers may be entitled to compensation for their losses. The same is true for the families of those who are killed by a drunk driver. This is because the driver who was operating a motor vehicle while impaired is acting in a negligent manner. It may be worthwhile to consult an attorney to help pursue a personal injury or wrongful death case against that driver.
A wrongful death lawsuit is similar to most personal injury actions in that it is grounded on negligence. However, in most states, the types and amount of damages that can be sought are set forth in a specific statute. The plaintiff is often the personal representative of the deceased.