The California Highway Patrol reports that four people were injured and four more were killed when a car full of young people and a pickup truck collided on March 1. The crash happened around 8 p.m. when the Mercedes carrying seven crossed into opposite traffic and struck a Ford F-150.
The accident caused one of the vehicles to overturn and the other to smoke. Firefighters had to tear into the Mercedes to free the trapped young people. During the rescue effort and initial investigation, authorities had to close the road. Although the investigation is ongoing, it is believed that drugs or alcohol contributed to the collision. An officer says that evidence of alcohol was found at the site, and witnesses reported that the Mercedes was swerving. The car was also traveling at high speeds.
The 22-year-old male driver of the Mercedes and his 18-year-old male and 19-year-old female front-seat passengers were not wearing seat belts and did not survive in the crash. A 16-year-old female back-seat passenger was transported to a hospital but also did not survive. The three remaining Mercedes passengers, a man of 21 and two girls ages 17 and 18, had major injuries and were transported to hospitals. The 56-year-old male pickup driver also suffered major injuries and hospitalized.
Head-on car accidents are often serious because of the speeds at which the vehicles are moving toward each other. People who are injured in such crashes could be granted compensation as well as the surviving relatives of those who die. The victims, whether injured or suffering from the loss of loved ones, might ask lawyers to deal with the legal side of seeking compensation so that they can focus on recovering or mourning.
Source: ABC News, "4 people killed, 4 others injured in California car crash," March 2, 2015
Source: Watsonville Patch, "Coroner Releases Name Of Watsonville Teen Who Died In Aptos Crash," Susan C. Schena, March 4, 2015