Head-on collision kills 1 on California freeway

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Police report that a fatal two-car collision near Petaluma left one motorist dead and two others injured. The accident occurred just before noon on state Highway 116.

According to the report, an 83-year-old man operating a northbound Lexus at an estimated speed of 55 miles per hour collided head-on with a southbound BMW after the elderly man suddenly swerved into the opposite lane of the freeway. The crash, which occurred near Browns Lane, claimed the life of the Lexus driver. Authorities declared him dead at the scene. A 56-year-old female passenger in the Lexus was moderately injured.

First responders found the driver of the BMW trapped in his vehicle. After the 53-year-old male driver was cut out of the car, an ambulance transported him to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment of severe injuries. The injured Lexus passenger was also taken to the same hospital for treatment. It was reported both motorists were recovering from their injuries.

Following the incident, troopers closed the area for more than two hours while authorities conducted an investigation into the wreck. According to the officers, the investigation was ongoing. Officials, however, do not suspect that driver impairment was a factor in the accident.

A California resident who is recovering from a serious car accident might consider holding the liable driver accountable for his or her losses stemming from the crash. In cases where the liable driver died in the wreck, the plaintiff might recover damages from the decedent's estate. By analyzing police reports and witness accounts, a local attorney could possibly find evidence to support a claim of driver negligence.

Source: KTVU, "Man dies in crash on Highway 116 near Petaluma", September 18, 2014

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