A multi-vehicle accident in East Whittier in the early morning of Jan. 1 claimed the lives of two individuals, sources indicate. According to a California Highway Patrol representative, it is unclear whether one of the drivers was impaired at the time of the crash, and the investigation is ongoing.
The crash reportedly occurred around 1:30 a.m. on New Year's Day as a Lexus driven by a 54-year-old female Azusa resident was heading north on First Avenue. The other driver, a 24-year-old Santa Ana man in a 1999 Isuzu, was heading south on the same street when the vehicle apparently crossed over the median near Candlelight Drive and hit the Lexus head-on. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.
Drivers are obligated to drive safely, obeying the rules of the road and avoiding accidents. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, allowing distractions or falling asleep while behind the wheel are not considered the actions a prudent driver would take. Such drivers may be found negligent if their actions resulted in the injury to or death of another. Family members of a person who died as a result of another's negligence may want to consider the filing of a wrongful death action. Recoverable damages can include funeral and burial costs, lost of support of the decedent and loss of household services. Non-economic damages can include loss of companionship.
In the case of these types of fatal motor vehicle accidents, the assistance of a personal injury attorney can be invaluable to the victims. Such an attorney can evaluate accident data including witness accounts, accident reconstruction reports and police records to use as evidence when pursuing the claim.
Source: Whittier Daily News, "Azusa woman, Santa Ana man killed in head-on East Whittier crash", Brian Day, January 02, 2015