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California resident dies from brain injuries suffered in accident

Police are searching for a vehicle and its driver who was apparently involved in the death of a California resident. The vehicle is described as a sports coupe, silver in color and operated by a man. The victim is said to have suffered serious brain injuries that led to her death.

She was visiting her daughter in Santa Monica. About 1 a.m. on March 22, the woman and her daughter were walking in the vicinity of the Santa Monica Pier. As they attempted to cross Ocean Avenue, the vehicle that police are searching for struck both women. The driver did not stop to check on them or otherwise remain at the scene.

Emergency personnel found the victim unresponsive and suffering from severe head trauma. They took her to an area hospital for treatment, but hospital personnel were unable to save the woman's life. Within an hour of receiving medical care, she succumbed to her injuries. Her daughter escaped the incident with only minor physical injuries.

The daughter and two other children survive the victim. She also co-managed a production company in Los Angeles, was a real estate sales associate and had other business interests. Her children may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the vehicle responsible for her death, once he is found.

If negligence on the part of the driver is established, a civil court may award them damages in connection with the fatal brain injuries suffered by their mother. California law outlines the types of damages that may be recovered in a successfully litigated wrongful death claim. Any financial restitution could help pay for the medical costs, funeral and burial expenses and any other financial damages sustained as a result of the accident.

Source: fdlreporter.com, "Former Fond du Lac resident killed in hit and run crash in California," March 27, 2014

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