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Most of our San Jose readers would probably expect to see a wrongful death lawsuit when car accidents and motorcycle accidents are alleged to have occurred due to someone's negligence. In fact, these types of lawsuits are, unfortunately, all too common in a society where driving cars and riding motorcycles is just part of daily life - and so are fatal accidents. However, many California residents have probably been caught off guard by another type of wrongful death lawsuit making headlines throughout the state.

According to reports, the grandparents of an 8-year-old boy have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a number of Los Angeles County government entities. The case is heartbreaking, as the main act at the center of the situation is the abuse of the young boy, allegedly by his mother and her boyfriend, which led to his death. The lawsuit has targeted the county agencies because there were reportedly over 60 reports of abuse at the household - reports that the boy's grandparent's claim were not fully investigated by the appropriate government agencies.

Both the boy's mother and her boyfriend have been arrested for the abuse and death of the young boy. The reports indicate that several different people, including family members and neighbors, had made reports about suspected abuse in the household prior to the unfortunate and gruesome end to the situation.

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Across the Bay Area and right here in San Jose, college campuses are gearing up for the influx of returning students preparing to start classes in the next few weeks. Many colleges and universities in the area are using this week and next to make last-minute improvements to their facilities to ensure a smooth transition for their students and faculty as the academic year begins.

San Jose City College is one of those institutions doing just such work but it recently experienced a tragic accident during a construction digging project on campus. While operating a large tractor, a worker backed the vehicle up and drove on to a sidewalk. A 49-year-old grandmother was on the sidewalk at the time and was hit by the tractor. Though the work crew immediately came to her aid and she was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for treatment, the woman succumbed to her injuries and died.

At this time the cause of the fatal accident is unclear though an investigation into this matter is now in the hands of the San Jose Police Department. While it is not uncommon to hear about construction site accidents such as fatal falls or roofing accidents where workers are hurt or killed, the death of a bystander in this case raises serious questions as to how well the site was secured to keep non-workers out of danger.

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Losing a loved one can be devastating under any circumstances. However, it can be even more difficult for the surviving family members when that loved one was just on the rise after a tough childhood. That is, unfortunately, the case with a 23-year-old victim of a bicycling accident.

The victim was riding her bike to her new job when she was killed in a truck accident-as she approached her workplace, two trucks crashed into one another, and one truck overturned, pinning her underneath. The San Jose Police Department is still investigating the accident.

However, the young woman's family has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit, on behalf of the woman's 2-year-old daughter, against both truck drivers and their employers. The suit alleges that the drivers were distracted by their cellphones at the time of the accident. According to the filing, the driver of the first truck ran a red light because he was distracted; the driver of the second truck failed to see the first truck in the intersection because he was also distracted by a cellphone.

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A 36-year-old California woman was recently killed after the car in which she was riding crashed and was involved in a subsequent collision. The fatal accident occurred during the early morning hours of Memorial Day. At this time, a car driven by a 43-year-old man hit a center divider on Highway 101. The force of the collision resulted in the car spinning around and coming to rest facing oncoming traffic. At this same time, a bus carrying several partygoers crashed into the car.

A 36-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was killed in the crash. She was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Police investigating the accident believe that alcohol may have been a factor, and results from toxicology reports are pending.

In addition to the 36-year-old passenger who was fatally injured in the accident, eight additional passengers on the bus also sustained injuries which required medical attention. No charges have been filed in the accident, but it's likely the 43-year-old driver will face criminal charges related to the accident and 36-year-old woman's death.

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It was supposed to be a fun evening to celebrate a couple's love and marriage. A town car limousine was rented and nine women crammed inside, laughing and talking excitedly. As the limo driver maneuvered the vehicle over a bridge, tragedy struck resulting in five of the nine woman dying.

Survivors of the fatal accident recalled the desperate moments prior to the fire engulfing the limo. They reported smelling smoke and knocking on the glass partition that separated the back seat passengers from the front seat  limo driver. The driver relayed how he too smelled smoke. He stopped and pulled the vehicle over onto the shoulder of the bridge. By the time he exited the vehicle, however, it was too late.

 

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