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1 dead after SUV rolls over in California

One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Santa Rosa on July 20. The fatal accident happened when the driver lost control of the vehicle.

The California Highway Patrol reported that the car accident took place between state Highway 12's exit and entrance ramps at Dutton Street. A Honda SUV, driven by a 21-year-old Santa Rosa man, ran a red light as it exited the off-ramp and then swerved to avoid a vehicle in the intersection, which caused the driver to lose control. The Honda rolled over and collided with a guardrail and a tree, coming to rest on its roof.

A 22-year-old Santa Rosa woman who was a passenger in the Honda was killed in the accident. She was declared dead at the scene. The driver was injured in the crash and transported to a local hospital for treatment. As is the case with many car accidents, alcohol seems to have played a role. The driver was arrested at the hospital on suspicion of driving under the influence causing death, driving with a suspended license, probation violation and gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence.

The family of the decedent from this incident may choose to retain an attorney experienced with wrongful death lawsuits. The evidence used in support of the criminal charges against the driver could also be used in a civil case against him. That evidence, which likely includes results from blood alcohol level tests performed at the hospital, could help a lawyer convince a jury that the driver was acting negligently while operating the vehicle.

Source: CBS San Francisco, "Woman Killed In Suspected DUI Crash On Highway 12 In Santa Rosa", July 20, 2014

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