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One California woman dead after crashed car is hit by bus

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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.

In this case, family members of the deceased woman may also choose to pursue legal action in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. While taking such legal action will not bring a wife, mother, sister or daughter back to life; it can help grieving families recover compensation that can help cover unexpected expenses often associated with the sudden death of a loved one. Family members may use monies recovered via a wrongful death lawsuit to pay medical bills, funeral expenses and to help compensate for lost wages.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Party bus collides with crashed car on Highway 101 in Burlingame," David DeBolt and Joe Rodriguez, May 27, 2013

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