News sources report that one person died and two were injured in a crash on I-580 that occurred on Nov. 27 just before 12:30 a.m. According to officers with the California Highway Patrol, the vehicle in which the victims were located went off of the road and down an embankment.
According to law enforcement officials, multiple calls came in reporting an accident in the westbound lanes of I-580 near 98th Avenue in Oakland. Responding officers discovered a 1997 Toyota Corolla in the embankment. The embankment lies between I-580 and the on-ramp from Golf Links Course Road.
Officers said they believe the driver was driving in the westbound lanes, and that he was going between 75 and 85 mph. They stated he was not under the influence at the time of the accident, but he reportedly lost control of the car, hitting a concrete curb before going airborne. The driver, a 21-year-old man, was transported to the hospital with reportedly major injuries. His front-seat passenger was pronounced dead by first responders. Two backseat passengers, a 23-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman, were both reportedly thrown from the vehicle. They were transported to the hospital with moderate and major injuries, respectively.
In fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur due to the driver's negligence, the family of the person killed may be able to hold the driver financially responsible for the losses that have been incurred through a wrongful death lawsuit. An attorney can describe the types of damages that might be sought, which often include funeral and burial expenses and other applicable amounts that are permitted by the state's wrongful death statute.
Source: ABC 7 News, "1 DEAD, 3 INJURED IN SINGLE CAR CRASH ON I-580 IN OAKLAND," Nov. 27, 2015.