The California Highway Patrol reported that one man was killed and another suffered multiple injuries as a result of a head-on crash that occurred on Oct. 24. The crash reportedly occurred around 10:05 p.m. on Highway 44 around Millville Plains Road.
Authorities believe that alcohol was a factor when a 35-year-old Palo Cedro man who was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck west on the highway crossed the center line. After crossing it, he allegedly struck a 68-year-old Shingletown man's 2011 eastbound Subaru Impreza head-on.
The Subaru driver was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was transported by emergency personnel to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of major injuries. The man suffered multiple fractures in the accident. While he was at the hospital, staff allegedly determined that he was under the influence. He was taken into police custody at the hospital, and his case referred to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office for criminal charges.
Drunk drivers injure and kill others in car accidents every year in California. In addition to criminal charges, drunk drivers may be held to be civilly liable to the families of people who die as a result of their wrongful behavior. Families may be able to recover damages from an accused drunk driver by filing a wrongful death lawsuit against him or her. In such situations, a personal injury attorney may be able to help families recover both punitive as well as compensatory damages for the losses they have suffered due to the death of their loved one. An attorney may review relevant facts in order to draft complaints on behalf of the family.
Source: Record Searchlight , "Update: One dead, one seriously hurt in Highway 44 crash", October 25, 2014
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