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3 killed in California car accident blamed on drunk driving

There are some roads in California that are just more dangerous than others, for a variety of reasons. Some can drive these roads every day without an incident, but others end up involved in a car accident. No matter how diligent a driver is, one wrong move can mean disaster.

South Watt Avenue in Sacramento is known to be one of those roads that are more dangerous than others. An accident that occurred on the road in recent weeks happened within approximately 50 feet of a white cross and flowers that commemorate a previous fatal accident.

A man driving a Mercedes on South Watt Avenue crossed the center line and collided with a Toyota. The driver of the Mercedes only suffered minor injuries, but four other people were not as lucky. A man and woman in the Toyota died at the scene, and a third person succumbed to injuries days later. The fourth victim is still in the hospital and is listed as being in critical condition. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the Mercedes has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and his bail has been set at $750,000.

It would be easy to say that this is just another fatal accident on a road known to be dangerous. However, that wouldn't do justice to the victims of this fatal car accident. The driver of the Mercedes allegedly caused this accident, and the consumption of alcohol is said to have contributed to their deaths. When the families of the victims are able, they may elect to file wrongful death claims against the Mercedes driver. Filing a civil action won't bring back their loved ones, but a successful lawsuit may help them achieve a sense of justice.

Source:, "Third person dies in Sacramento crash," Mike TeSelle, Sept. 1, 2012

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