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1 died, 1 injured in tragic Christmas week car accident

Fatal car crashes seem more tragic during the holiday season. Residents of California and across the nation are gathering together to celebrate with each other. A family having to withstand the tragedy brought on by suddenly losing a loved one in a car accident seems especially tragic.

One family in particular is having to do just that: celebrate the holidays with heavy hearts filled with grief. Shortly before Christmas, a retired teacher was driving her Toyota Highlander eastbound on Highway 246 and had slowed down for a red light. There was a car already stopped in front of her. A Jeep approaching the woman from behind failed to slow down, however, and crashed into the Highlander.

The crash left the woman driving the Highlander dead. One of the two occupants in the car in front of the Highlander was also injured. The woman accused of causing the crash was apparently not injured.

Authorities arrested the woman driving the Jeep for traveling at an unsafe speed, murder and driving under the influence of drugs, among other items. Her bail was set at $1.1 million. She had a prior arrest earlier this year for driving under the influence of drugs.

It did not appear as though police were still investigating the accident since they had already determined that speed and drugs were contributing factors. Subsequently, criminal charges were filed against the accused, and she was arrested. Any victim who survives a car accident in California may have the right to seek financial compensation for medical bills via a personal injury claim. The remaining family members of the woman who tragically died in this accident may also have the right to file a wrongful death suit against the accused to recoup restitution for final expenses and loss of companionship.

Source: santamariatimes.com, Bail for driver in fatal Hwy 246 crash set at $1.1mil, No author, Dec. 23, 2013

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