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Former high school athletic director, coach dead in car accident

Many parents tell their children when they're first learning to drive that worry about safety is not necessarily over what their children are doing, but rather about the potential negligent and reckless drivers who may be sharing the road with the young and relatively inexperienced drivers. What holds true over the course of a man's life is that he can only ever control what his reactions are when behind the wheel. He has absolutely no control over whether other drivers choose to drink and drive, drive distracted or simply make reckless choices when getting from point A to point B. Negligent and reckless drivers make decisions that lead to serious injuries and sometimes even death as the result of a car accident.

A recent car accident on I-680 in California claimed the life of a 76-year-old man, a former high school football coach and athletic director. During the early hours of the morning, the man was initially involved in a minor fender-bender between his car and a second car, and while apparently waiting for authorities to arrive, attempted to direct traffic away from the incident. While he was outside his vehicle and standing on the interstate, he was struck by a third vehicle.

No injuries were immediately reported for either driver of the other two cars. The investigation is ongoing. Factors that authorities could be considering as contributing to the fatal portion of the accident include speeding, distracted driving and driving under the influence.

There is a possibility that the authorities will determine that the actions of the driver who killed the man were negligent or reckless. If that is the case, the surviving family members of the former high school athletic director may decide to file a wrongful death claim in a California court against the driver of the car. Any monetary damages awarded from a successfully litigated car accident case could help the family better cope with pain and suffering, loss of companionship and funeral costs.

Source:, Vigil Tuesday Night for Former Kennedy High Athletic Director Killed in Car Crash, Zoneil Maharaj, Nov. 26, 2013

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