Two people are dead and a further two are seriously injured following a fatal crash in the Santa Maria Valley on Aug. 29. California Highway Patrol reports are incomplete as of this writing, but it appears the car accident involved a car and a fork lift. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have yet been filed in connection with this case.
Highway Patrol reports the accident happened in mid-afternoon. While it is unclear how the crash was precipitated, it has been confirmed there were five passengers in the car. Arriving medical personnel rushed two to local hospitals with serious to critical injuries, with a third being airlifted to another local hospital with unknown injuries. The remaining two occupants were pronounced dead at the scene.
The fork lift driver apparently suffered only minor injuries in the crash. It is unknown whether speed or alcohol were factors in this accident as police have yet to release a public statement to that effect. No one has been taken into custody at this time, and California Highway Patrol is still conducting an investigation into the particulars of the crash.
This tragic car accident has not yet been fully explained, but the California police department will eventually determine where the fault for the crash lies. Should the fault be laid at the feet of the fork lift operator, the families of the deceased victims will be entitled to file a wrongful death law suit against the driver in addition to any criminal charges that may be filed. The injured parties will also be able to file personal injury suits in a California civil court.
Source: kcoy.com, Two Dead After Car Crash In Santa Maria Valley, Brittany Silverstein, Aug. 29, 2013