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Woman dies, family injured in California motor vehicle accident

Head-on motor vehicle accidents number among some of the most deadly collisions on American roadways. This is especially true when the motor vehicle accident occurs on a state route or highway where drivers are often traveling at a high rate of speed. One recent California head-on collision claimed the life of a 53-year-old Oceanside mother and sent several of her family members to the hospital.

The crash occurred when the family was traveling east on State Route 76 not too far from Interstate 15. The woman was driving a 2010 Honda Fit when a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction crossed the double-yellow line and smashed into the Honda. The 53-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, and her family members had to be transported to an area hospital.

Those individuals included her husband, their 30-year-old daughter and 13-year-old grandson, all of whom required hospitalization for their injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck suffered more minor injuries. California authorities transported him to a hospital for treatment before taking him to jail in order to be processed for several criminal charges stemming from the fatal accident. Police allegedly found significant amounts of marijuana in his vehicle and reported that the man admitted to smoking some earlier in the day.

According to witnesses of the head-on motor vehicle accident, the man was swerving all over the road right before the collision occurred. Toxicology tests may reveal whether the man had anything besides marijuana in his system. Regardless of that fact, the family of the slain woman may have grounds to file wrongful death and personal injury claims against him. While a successfully litigated claim cannot bring back their beloved relative, it could help cover funeral and medical expenses necessitated by this crash.

Source:, "Oceanside mom killed in DUI head-on crash," Debbi Baker, Dec. 26, 2012

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