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Multi-vehicle crash kills teenager, injures others

One person died in a Highway 120 crash on Sept. 13, according to the California Highway Patrol. While the investigation into the accident is ongoing, CHP indicated that neither alcohol nor drugs seem to be contributing factors in the Manteca crash.

A 26-year-old man was driving a Dodge Caravan at an inappropriate speed for the traffic conditions, according to the California Highway Patrol. While traffic on Highway 120 in the area of Main Street was decelerating, the Dodge Caravan hit a 1998 Mercury Grand Marquis, which in turn crashed into a Lexus, reportedly. As a result of the wreck, the Mercury burst into flames.

A teenager in the Mercury died at the site of the accident, authorities reported. The driver of the Mercury, 45, suffered major injuries and was transported via helicopter to a medical facility at UC Davis for treatment. The 29-year-old driver of the Lexus reportedly suffered minor injuries in the wreck, and a 10-year-old passenger in that vehicle was hospitalized with injuries that officials described as moderate. The 26-year-old man driving the Caravan and a passenger in his vehicle both suffered injuries in the crash as well, authorities stated.

If further investigation were to yield substantial evidence corroborating the notion that one of the drivers involved in the wreck was traveling in a negligent manner, then this case may give rise to civil action. This is a possibility because negligent and reckless drivers may be held liable in civil court when their actionable behavior contributes to car accidents that cause injuries or fatalities.

The family of an individual killed in such an accident may file a wrongful death claim, seeking financial compensation for the economic damages they suffered in relation to the sudden loss of their loved one. These damages may include but are not limited to end-of-life expenses as well as lost earnings.

Source: The Modesto Bee, "Johansen High School student killed in fiery crash in Manteca", Patty Guerra, September 15, 2014

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