Two people died near Fowler Thursday, July 31, in an accident that California Highway Patrol investigators said was caused by an allegedly intoxicated big-rig driver. The semi-truck accident took place at the intersection of Manning and Fowler avenues.
According to reports, a Kenworth truck driven by a 48-year-old Los Angeles man drove into the back of a 2003 Kia passenger car that was stopped at the intersection. The truck then pushed the smaller car through the intersection until it came into contact with a utility pole. The big-rig continued to travel to the east on Manning Avenue and struck a Peterbilt tractor-trailer. From there, the out-of-control truck drove another mile toward the east, stopping near a gas station.
According to the report, the driver of the truck then walked on foot before being arrested near the truck's final stopping point. Officers say a 14-year-old boy and a female subject of an unspecified age died from their injuries. Two of the individuals in the Kia, the 34-year-old driver and a 61-year-old passenger, were treated for minor injuries as was the 45-year-old Peterbilt driver. The Kenworth driver was taken into custody and charged with hit and run, DUI and manslaughter.
Accidents that are caused by a careless driver can be difficult to recover from, especially when the incident causes the death of a loved one. The family members and friends who remain are left to pick up the pieces without that person's contributions. Throw in extensive medical bills and memorial service fees and the accident can continue to burden a family for years. When this happens, a consultation with a personal injury attorney could be in order so those left feeling the pain of strained finances can find out whether or not there is a viable case to pursue.
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