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Police suspect alcohol a factor in deadly crash

Troopers with the California Highway Patrol reported that shortly before 2 a.m. on Oct. 27, a two-car collision near Stockton claimed the life of a Lodi man and left three other people injured. Authorities believe a drunk driver caused the crash.

According to reports, the fatal auto accident happened on Davis Road when a 52-year-old man driving a northbound 1991 Jeep Wrangler rear-ended a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze that had been waiting for a train to pass. The impact from the Jeep caused the Cruze to spin around and collide into the railroad crossing's safety arm, instantly killing the driver. Two other occupants in the Cruze, a 29-year-old Lodi woman and a 29-year-old Stockton man, were both hospitalized for treatment of non-fatal injuries. The driver of the Jeep, who resides in Carson City, Nevada, sustained major injuries and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment. Highway officials said that the investigation into the accident was ongoing.

People who drive while under the influence of alcohol can cause others to suffer catastrophic injuries that can quickly turn fatal. The sudden death of a family member is a great loss to a family, who not only must deal with loss of companionship but also be burdened with the weight of medical and funeral expenses.

Those who have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident might consider pursuing compensation for damages through a wrongful death claim. In such cases, legal representation may help to guide the surviving family members through the process. Evidence from police reports and other official documentation might be utilized in the case to support the allegations. Additionally, evidence uncovered in a criminal case could be used to strengthen a civil claim.

Source: RecordNet, "Crash takes life of Stockton architect", Joe Goldeen, October 27, 2014

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