California teen killed in a head-on crash on the 210-Freeway

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A fatal accident occurred on Aug. 9 in Azusa when a 1997 Honda Accord traveling the wrong way on the freeway ran head-on into a 1992 Nissan. The 19-year-old driver of the Nissan died at the scene. He was from El Monte, and his 16-year-old girlfriend, who suffered injuries in the wreck, was transported to County-USC Medical Center. There was no further word on the extent of the girl's injuries.

This car accident happened in the westbound lanes of the freeway around 3:30 a.m. The two occupants of the Honda left the scene on foot, but police found the individuals two hours later and took both into custody. A California Highway Patrol spokesperson reported that the 24-year-old driver of the wrong-way vehicle was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and he was arrested.

The westbound lanes of the freeway were closed for about four hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up the accident. Documents found in the Honda led police to the suspect.

When head-on collisions such as this one occur, it may take some time for police to complete their investigation. The family members of someone who dies in a crash may have many unanswered questions. A personal injury attorney may be able to help them by obtaining and sorting through police reports or accident reconstruction documents.

Regardless of what the outcome is in criminal court proceedings, those who suffer the loss of a loved one could seek financial compensation with a civil suit. An attorney might help a victim's family in determining their best course of action and represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit. Sometimes an attorney may assist in negotiating insurance settlements without ever needing to enter into court litigation.

Source: KABC, "Wrong-way driver kills 19-year-old on 210 west in Azusa ", Hanna Chu and Melissa MacBride, August 09, 2014

Source: KABC, "Wrong-way driver kills 19-year-old on 210 west in Azusa ", Hanna Chu and Melissa MacBride, August 09, 2014

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