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Early in the morning on April 22, a Toyota Prius that was driving east in the westbound lanes of Highway 50 in Sacramento County collided head-on with a pickup truck in the westbound lane. The collision caused the truck to spin. A third vehicle collided with the truck, causing the truck to catch fire.

California Highway Patrol received a call about 2:30 in the morning that a Prius was driving the wrong way on westbound Highway 50. The Prius reportedly had been driving in the wrong lane for several miles before the head-on collision occurred.

The driver of the Prius and all three occupants of the pickup truck were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries. Police are reportedly investigating whether there is any link between the crash and the use of alcohol or drugs.

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An accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger car resulted in the death of two people on April 12. The fatal motor vehicle accident occurred in the San Fernando Valley at about 11 p.m. According to police, both the motorcyclist and the passenger car driver were declared dead at the scene of the accident.

Police say a 30-year-old man riding a motorcycle was traveling at excessive speeds near the intersection of Reseda Boulevard and Collins Street. The motorcyclist collided with the driver's side window of a Honda Accord while the 60-year-old driver was starting to make a left turn. As a result of the impact, the motorcycle landed approximately 50 feet away, and the motorcyclist crashed through the car window.

A Los Angeles Police Department detective said that when the motorcyclist went through the driver's side window, the woman who was driving the Honda was impacted. The motorcyclist ended up on the passenger side. While investigators were looking into the details of the collision, the intersection was shut down until early the next morning. According to an LAPD detective, another fatal motorcycle accident involving speed had occurred in the same area only a couple days before.

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On April 7, a San Jose man was killed in a car accident that may have been caused by a drunk driver. According to authorities, the man was driving in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 in a Ford Taurus when a 2011 Nissan pickup rear-ended him. The pickup then reportedly left the scene of the crime by taking the Great America Parkway exit. The collision left the Taurus stalled on the highway.

Following the initial accident, the driver of a 2008 Ford pickup came across the stalled vehicle; however, he was unable to avoid striking the Taurus. The impact of the collision caused the Taurus to travel across multiple lanes of the freeway before striking a wall. The vehicle then caught fire. The vehicle was reportedly fully engulfed in flames when the rescue authorities arrived at the scene, killing the 37-year-old driver.

The vehicle that reportedly caused the accident was recovered at a nearby IHOP by local authorities. It has sustained major damage to its front end and tires. Once the local authorities contacted the State Police, the vehicle was ultimately linked to the hit-and-run accident. The driver was taken into police custody where he was charged with manslaughter and DUI.

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A major crash in California claimed the life of a 13-year-old girl. The accident happened on March 14 in Madera County on Highway 41.

According to law enforcement authorities, a 70-year-old man driving a pickup truck crossed the centerline of the highway, striking an oncoming sedan head-on. The 13-year-old girl was reportedly riding in the backseat of the sedan. She succumbed to her injuries. A 19-year-old woman who was also riding in the car suffered injuries reported as major. She had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. The sedan's 48-year-old driver also suffered injuries characterized as major.

The pickup truck's driver and his wife both suffered minor to moderate injuries in the accident. Law enforcement officials indicated they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the collision. Police were still investigating the accident's cause at the time of the report.

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A multiple-vehicle collision that killed a woman started with a mattress that had fallen on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident happened on Feb. 13 just before 12:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes.

A 53-year-old Costa Mesa woman was reportedly driving her 1982 Toyota Celica in the fast lane of the roadway when she struck the mattress. The force of the collision sent her car into the center divider. Following that initial collision, her vehicle landed sideways on the freeway. She was then struck by a 19-year-old Irvine man who was driving a van.

The second collision sent the Celica spinning across the lanes of traffic and into the path of an oncoming 1999 Toyota sedan, which subsequently struck the Celica from behind. The vehicle then reportedly spun around and came to a stop facing the wrong way, when it was hit by a 1995 Honda head on. The woman was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The 19-year-old was arrested after he reportedly drove his van approximately 500 feet north and then ran away on foot. Police took him into custody for suspicions of drunk driving. In addition to the woman who was killed, two others were injured and required transport to Western Medical Center for treatment. The accident resulted in the closure of the northbound lanes for multiple hours while police conducted their investigation and cleanup.

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Authorities reported that a Dec. 14 accident in Alhambra involved three vehicles and a large group of pedestrians, resulting in 11 individuals hospitalized with injuries. One of the injured individuals required treatment in the intensive care unit, reportedly.

According to the Alhambra Police Department, the accident occurred near Fremont Avenue and Poplar Boulevard. Allegedly, a 28-year-old Los Angeles man driving a truck north crossed into the southbound lane of the roadway and crashed into two parked vehicles, both of which were occupied. The momentum of the moving truck carried the vehicles onto the sidewalk and struck a group of pedestrians who were reportedly admiring Christmas lights in the residential neighborhood. The driver of the truck was detained on suspicion of drunk driving and booked into custody. The investigation is ongoing, officials said.

Besides a full and completed investigation, this particular case must be adjudicated officially and in the appropriate arena to know for sure the true story behind this incident. Yet, it does evoke the horrific and seemingly interminable consequences that oftentimes accompany drunk-driving wrecks. When a drunk driver does in fact injure others, especially defenseless pedestrians, during the course of an accident, both the driver and the victim may face a future filled with consequences stemming from the incident. Whereas the driver may face criminal penalties, like fines and jail time, the victim may suffer lingering physical ailments, chronic pain and financial ruin on account of accident-related injuries.

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Two people were killed and one was injured in a three-vehicle wrong-way accident on Nov. 23. The wreck happened on Highway 101 in Marian County near the Redwood Sanitary Landfill around midnight. Road crews shut down the road for several hours after the crash as they cleared the debris.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a 1995 Toyota Camry was headed north down the southbound lane when the Toyota collided head-on with a 2013 Nissan Sentra. The Nissan had two occupants, a male driver and a female passenger. After the Nissan was struck by the Toyota, it was struck again by a 2006 Dodge Ram.

The driver of the Nissan was killed, and the passenger was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The man driving the Toyota was also killed. The driver of the Dodge pickup was uninjured. Investigators believe alcohol played a role in the accident.

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A San Diego man was killed in a chain-reaction car accident after he attempted to pass a semi-truck on a two-lane highway on Nov. 14. The crash happened near Temecula on Highway 79 just east of Pauba Road at around 5:30 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it was rainy and dark when the man, age 67, tried to pass a tractor-trailer with his 2004 Toyota Tundra as he approached a curve in the southbound lane. He crossed the double yellow lines and crashed into a westbound 2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser. The collision caused the PT Cruiser to crash into the semi's trailer and swerve into a 1999 Ford F-350 traveling west on Highway 79. A westbound 1993 Ford F-350 then hit the Tundra and the 1999 Ford.

The Tundra driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. His 84-year-old female passenger was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The driver of the PT Cruiser, a 67-year-old Warner Springs man, suffered broken ribs, arms and ankles. The driver of the 1999 Ford, a 32-year-old Aguanga man, and the male driver of the 1993 Ford, an Anza resident, each suffered minor injuries. The 58-year-old semi driver, from Temecula, was not hurt.

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Police in California have reported that a 31-year-old man has been taken into custody in connection with a hit-and-run accident that claimed the lives of three teenage girls who were out trick-or-treating on Halloween. The man is facing a raft of charges including three counts of vehicular manslaughter. His bail was originally set at $500,000, but it was increased to $1 million on Nov. 3. The man faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted. The fatal motor vehicle accident took place on Fairhaven Avenue near Old Grand Street in Santa Ana.

According to a Santa Ana police report, the three girls were struck and killed as they crossed Fairhaven Avenue in a marked crosswalk near Fairhaven Elementary School. Witnesses described the black SUV to responding police officers, and the damaged vehicle was discovered abandoned in a nearby parking lot. A subsequent investigation led police to an area motel where the man was taken into custody.

Records indicate that the man previously had entered guilty pleas in August to charges of driving under the influence, child abuse and hit-and-run. The man also has prior convictions for violating a protective order and reckless driving. Police say that he was driving without a valid driver's license at the time of the Halloween accident.

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The California Highway Patrol reported that one man was killed and another suffered multiple injuries as a result of a head-on crash that occurred on Oct. 24. The crash reportedly occurred around 10:05 p.m. on Highway 44 around Millville Plains Road.

Authorities believe that alcohol was a factor when a 35-year-old Palo Cedro man who was driving a 2002 Ford pickup truck west on the highway crossed the center line. After crossing it, he allegedly struck a 68-year-old Shingletown man's 2011 eastbound Subaru Impreza head-on.

The Subaru driver was declared dead at the scene of the accident. The truck driver was transported by emergency personnel to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of major injuries. The man suffered multiple fractures in the accident. While he was at the hospital, staff allegedly determined that he was under the influence. He was taken into police custody at the hospital, and his case referred to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office for criminal charges.

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A court hearing for a 49-year-old woman in California was postponed until Oct. 31. The woman was allegedly under the influence of drugs when she caused an accident on Aug. 12 around 6:30 p.m. on Fiesta Island. According to authorities, she drove into a crowd of roughly 20 cyclists and hit 10 of them while driving at an estimated speed of 30-35 miles per hour. She is facing charges of driving under the influence and being in possession of meth.

Witnesses say that the woman got out of her car after the crash and was acting erratically and yelling. Witnesses also say that the woman appeared to be under the influence. Police say that after she was taken to the hospital, a baggie of meth was found inside of her body.

One of the victims, a 43-year-old man, was paralyzed from the chest down and suffered several injuries. In addition to a collapsed lung and the loss of a kidney, his wife says that he suffered a shoulder injury that leaves him in constant pain. The man's wife also says that he needs help with even basic care needs and suffers from temperature swings due to his spinal cord injury.

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A 45-year-old Arroyo Grande woman was taken into police custody and charged with multiple offenses for her role in a fatal hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist that occurred on Oct. 2 in Nipomo, police said. The accident occurred around 11:15 a.m. on Los Berros Road when the woman allegedly rear-ended the bicyclist with her Honda Accord, causing him to suffer serious head injuries despite wearing a helmet. The 48-year-old bicyclist died from his injuries.

Following the collision, witnesses say the woman attempted to flee the scene. A witness called 911 and followed the woman's vehicle, cornering her with the help of other motorists until police could arrive. The witness told the 911 operator that the woman's vehicle had a large dent in her windshield along with significant front-end damage from striking the bicycle. After being cornered, the woman repeatedly asked to be let go, according to the witnesses.

The woman's charges include gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI and driving with a suspended license. She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. At arraignment, the court set her bond at $100,000. She still remains in custody pending resolution of her case.

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California law enforcement authorities report that a suspected DUI crash killed one person on the evening of Sept. 28. Five others were also injured in the accident and treated at area hospitals.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a truck driven by a 30-year-old male ran a stop sign at an intersection, and it crashed into a four-door sedan. A 24-year-old male passenger in the truck who was not wearing a seat belt was ejected from the vehicle, and he died on the scene. The four passengers of the sedan, who range in ages from 16 to 23, were all taken to the Community Regional Medical Center located in Fresno to be treated for undisclosed injuries. Two of the sedan occupants were said to be in serious condition.

The driver of the truck also suffered injuries and was treated at a medical facility. Authorities suspect that the driver of the truck was drunk when the accident occurred, and he is expected to be taken to jail once he is discharged from the hospital. Residents in the area have reported that the Englehart Avenue and Dinuba Avenue intersection where the fatal collision happened is dangerous and that near misses happen frequently.

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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.

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A fatal car accident reportedly took place at an intersection in Huntington Beach around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 1. According to police, the collision occurred when a 51-year-old male driver struck a 55-year-old man who was riding a motorized bicycle. The results of a preliminary investigation indicate that both drivers were proceeding southbound when the accident occurred.

Officers arrived to find the cyclist suffering from injuries that were described as critical. Paramedics transported him to UCI Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. The driver was interviewed by police and detained on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Under California wrongful death law, the family of the decedent in a fatal car accident may seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages may include funeral and burial expenses, loss of support, loss of gifts and loss of household services. Non-economic damages may include loss of companionship, assistance, care, comfort, moral support, protection and society. For minor children, other damages may include the loss of guidance and training.

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According to the California Highway Patrol, three people were killed by a multi-vehicle accident that occurred in Caruthers on Aug. 28. Investigators claim the accident was caused by an Apria Healthcare truck that drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Floral and Elm. A witness at the scene told officers that the Apria truck was headed westbound on Floral when it ran the stop sign and smashed into a minivan.

Police say the initial impact spun the minivan around until it collided with a Chevrolet Avalanche, which then crashed into a Nissan Cube. Three occupants inside the minivan were killed almost instantly by the impact of the collision. The only surviving occupant from the minivan had been ejected from the vehicle during the collision. The witness said he tried to console the man until emergency crews arrived. Three occupants inside the Nissan were brought to the hospital to receive medical treatment for their injuries.

Investigators discovered beer cans on the road nearby the Chevrolet. Police are still attempting to determine if that's what compelled the only occupant inside the Avalanche to run away from the scene after the incident occurred. Police were more concerned for the welfare of the driver as blood was discovered inside the vehicle. Police spent the night searching for him. The Apria driver who caused the wreck did not suffer any injuries and was not charged with any crime. However, he could face manslaughter charges once the investigation is completed.

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Authorities report that a two-vehicle accident in La Jolla around 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 21 left two adults and two children injured. Firefighters had to cut one man out of his vehicle before an ambulance could transport him to Scripps La Jolla for medical treatment. The other driver and her two children were also taken to local hospitals, where they were treated for minor injuries.

According to local police, the car accident occurred when the 44-year-old male driver lost control of his vehicle at a curve in the road and struck the female SUV driver. A witness said she observed the man running two red lights just prior to the accident. At the time of the report, police continued to investigate the crash. They believed that the man may have been driving while under the influence.

When a person is injured as a result of a car accident involving a suspected drunk driver, the injured party may face a long recovery and hefty expenses. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist an injured person by bringing a claim against the liable driver. The claim may seek compensation for brain injury, other serious injuries, pain and suffering and medical expenses.

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According to San Jose police, a Mercedes traveling at high speeds caused a fiery crash during the evening hours of August 17. The crash involving eight cars left 10 individuals injured. Police arrested the male driver of the Mercedes on charges of driving drunk at the time of the accident.

The chain reaction collision occurred around 9:28 p.m. near Capitol Expressway on Ocala Avenue when a speeding eastbound Mercedes ran through the intersection's red light, broadsided a car and then smashed into several other cars as it rolled over a number of times, police said. The Mercedes driver then fled the scene after the car came to rest in the roadway's westbound lane, leaving three occupants trapped inside the burning vehicle. Police, along with rescue crews, extinguished the fire and rescued the three individuals from the car.

According to the report, a medical helicopter and seven ambulances responded to the scene and transported six of the injured individuals to local hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries. They also took the three Mercedes passengers to a hospital, where they were treated for major injuries.

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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.

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Authorities report that a chain-reaction collision occurred in California on the evening of Aug 4. Five vehicles were involved, resulting in one death and injuries for three others.

According to police, a 52-year-old man driving southbound on Interstate 405 in a Ford Windstar rear-ended a 2013 Toyota Prius because he did not realize that traffic had stopped. The Prius was pushed into a Volkswagen Passat, which hit a Chevrolet Trailblazer. Finally, the Trailblazer collided with a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder.

The first car hit, the Prius, was driven by a 34-year-old man who became trapped in the car and suffered traumatic injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he died. Three other victims of the accident were also injured and required treatment at the hospital.

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