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Motorcyclist killed in California crash

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in San Mateo County on Feb. 14. The driver who collided with the motorcyclist was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal car crash occurred outside of La Honda on Highway 84 near Sylvan Way just before 3 p.m. A 22-year-old Redwood City man lost control of the white 2003 Chevrolet Impala he was driving. He crossed the double yellow lines and crashed head-on with a 2002 Honda motorcycle at a curve, and both vehicles ended up on the shoulder.

The motorcyclist, a 40-year-old San Mateo man, was thrown from his vehicle and declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Impala and his two passengers were not injured. However, one of the passengers was a 17-year-old boy and he was taken to Stanford Medical Center as a precaution. Police said the driver was under the influence of alcohol and arrested him after he was cleared at a local hospital. He was charged with suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. The accident resulted in traffic restrictions along the highway for several hours.

In fatal cases similar to this one, the family of a deceased victim might consider filing a wrongful death claim. They may make the decision after the police investigation is completed and charges have been filed against the other party. This information might be used in the civil case to show negligent behavior in court. If the family's claim is successful, they might receive awards that include compensation for expenses, such as medical, funeral and burial costs as well as remuneration for non-economic damages.

Source: Belmont Patch, "Redwood City Man Accused of DUI in Fatal Highway 84 Crash," Renee Schiavone, Feb. 16, 2015

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