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3-car wreck on California freeway leaves 1 woman dead

A report from the California Highway Patrol suggests that the male driver of a white 2008 Ford SUV failed to see that traffic had slowed down significantly on the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar when he hit a white 2010 Toyota. He had been traveling at 65 mph south of Pathfinder Road where traffic had dropped to only about 20 mph.

When his Ford SUV rear-ended the Toyota in the No. 1 lane, the impact sent both vehicles spinning out of control. The Ford entered the No. 2 lane where it hit a Lexus, and the highway patrol report added that the Toyota and Ford continued to spin until the center divider wall stopped the vehicles in the HOV lane. Rescue crews had to work for about three hours before all traffic lanes were open again.

An unidentified woman believed to be in her 40s was declared dead at the scene. She had been a passenger in the Toyota. Another female passenger in that car was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center because of major injuries. Except for the driver of the Lexus, who avoided injury, the other people involved in the crash reported suffering minor injuries.

In a fatal accident like this, an accident report that notes a failure on the part of a driver might possibly provide evidence negligence. When people die in car accidents, the survivors sometimes choose to seek damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. A survivor might turn to an attorney for help learning about the types of compensation that might be recovered. Typically expenses like medical bills, burial costs and lost income might be claimed from a responsible party by launching a wrongful death lawsuit that cites negligence as evidence of liability.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "1 killed in collision on northbound 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar," Stephanie K. Baer, Feb. 17, 2015

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