According to officers with the California Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle crash on Highway 98 resulted in four deaths. The accident happened on March 26 around 12:05 a.m. near the highway's intersection with Ferrell Road.
Three people riding in a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder reportedly parked on the right hand shoulder of the eastbound lanes of the highway. A fourth person was traveling on the highway on a 1993 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle. When that person was west of the Pathfinder, the motorcycle and the vehicle collided. Law enforcement authorities indicated they are uncertain of why it happened.
Emergency personnel who responded to the accident scene pronounced all four dead of their injuries. Of the three in the Pathfinder, one was age 47 and another was age 2. The Pathfinder occupants were all from Westmoreland. The police did not release information regarding where the motorcyclist was from, and the ages and identifying information of the other person in the Pathfinder and the motorcyclist have also not been released. Police stated they are still investigating the cause of the accident and how the collision occurred.
When a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident, the surviving family members may want to consider the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible driver with the assistance of a personal injury attorney. If the at-fault motorist is killed, the family members may name the negligent driver's estate as the defendant to the lawsuit. Doing so may allow them the ability to recover damages in order to cover their economic and non-economic losses.
Source: Imperial Valley Press, "Highway 98 two-vehicle collision leaves four dead," Julio Morales, March 28, 2016