Tragedy struck a California family yesterday when their SUV flipped over on the highway and a little girl was killed. California Highway Patrol is still trying to piece together the events that led up to the car accident and what happened after the car turned over.
Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. In this particular crash, the survivors of the crash - the father, mother, and three children - all suffered a number of injuries. However even more devastating was the loss of their fourth child.
From what CHP knows at this point, the father had been chasing a pickup truck that was carrying a motorcycle he claimed had been stolen from him. Police are still unsure whether the chase was intentional or whether the father had happened to see the pickup truck going by and decided to try to catch it.
Regardless, the two cars were traveling at high speeds down the highway, no doubt weaving in and out of lanes. Witnesses claim that the cars were being driven recklessly and that the father lost control of the vehicle right before it flipped over. The SUV slid into the shoulder before overturning.
At this point, no charges have been pressed. But investigators are still trying to locate the pickup truck and the motorcycle that was apparently strapped in the truck bed. But CHP does know that there was no alcohol or drugs involved that could have caused the father to lose control of the SUV.
There seem to be a lot of unanswered questions. Until CHP closes the investigation, those questions will likely remain unanswered. But what is clear is that a family lost a loved one in the crash. Recovering from physical injuries typically just takes time. But the death of a family member will never be forgotten.
Source: Monterey Herald: "CHP seeks witnesses in fatal Highway 101 crash in Salinas," Larry Parsons, Aug. 5, 2011.
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