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Head-on collision kills 2 on New Year's Day

The California Highway Patrol responded to a crash in East Whittier on Jan. 1 that killed two people. The accident occurred near Candlelight Drive on First Avenue at around 1:30 a.m., and the police do not yet know if alcohol played a role in the accident.

The authorities reported that a 54-year-old woman, from Azusa, traveled north on First Avenue in a 2007 Lexus IS 250 while a 24-year-old Santa Ana man drove south on the avenue in a 1999 Isuzu Trooper. The Isuzu drifted left towards the northbound lanes and went over the double yellow lines and reportedly hit the Lexus head-on.

Both drivers died at the scene of the crash, and no one else was in either vehicle. The police are still investigating the cause of the accident. The Azusa woman reportedly worked for Southern California Edison and was in the Whittier area visiting a friend when the wreck took place. A family member said she was borrowing a vehicle from a friend when the accident occurred due to car trouble.

Car accidents involving head-on collisions are often serious, and those that lose a loved one in a fatal crash may be able to seek compensation from another driver when negligence occurs. While the reason for the accident is not yet clear, a driver in a case like this could be negligent if he or she was drinking and driving when the accident occurred. An attorney well-versed in pursuing wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of surviving families may be able to scrutinize witness statements and other evidence to determine if action is wise.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 'Azusa woman killed in East Whittier head-on crash mourned", Brian Day, Jan. 2, 2015

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