A California woman is being held on a $1.5 million bond and has been charged with second-degree murder after reportedly attempting to commit suicide by driving head-on into freeway traffic. Her actions killed a 29-year-old medical student, but a broken leg was her most serious injury. The woman went to jail after being released from the hospital and remains behind bars in Shasta County.
Prosecutors say that the 28-year-old woman was driving north on Interstate 5 near Redding when she crossed the median and drove into oncoming traffic in an attempt to end her own life. Three vehicles were able to avoid her before she hit the car driven by a native of Medford, Oregon. The man, a medical student, was en route to interview for a residency position at a hospital in Sacramento when struck by the woman's vehicle.
The District Attorney for Shasta County has additionally charged Ward with three counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a deadly weapon for her attempts to hit the three drivers who managed to avoid contact with her vehicle. Felony vandalism charges are also pending due for damages to the median. A public defender has been appointed on her behalf, and a civil suit against her is also a possibility.
Wrongful death actions may be available to the survivors of anyone whose death is caused by the acts of another. Survivors may be entitled to recover for the pain and suffering of their loved one as well as their potential future earnings. Consulting an experienced injury lawyer may help victims understand the process and procedures involved in making a successful wrongful death claim.