It is possible that the only reason a California man survived a horrific crash was because his was not the first vehicle hit by a suspected drunk driver. As it is, the sole surviving victim suffered non-life threatening injuries not only from the impact, but also from pieces of his vehicle's interior that were imbedded in his body. Six other people died in the tragic car accident.
It was approximately 4:40 a.m. as the survivor was traveling west on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar. Without warning, the SUV in front of him suddenly flew into the air. His vehicle was then hit and thrown into the barrier wall. In the chaos of the first few moments afterward, he could hear people panicking outside his vehicle about the victims.
He and the 21-year-old driver of a vehicle that was traveling the wrong way on the highway were the only survivors amid the carnage. It was reported that she was driving at speeds at or around 100 mph at the time of the first impact. The four people in the SUV in front of him all perished, as did the woman's sister and friend that were in her car.
Nothing can ever make right what happened that morning, but the California driver was charged with DUI and manslaughter. The family of the deceased passenger in the wrong-way vehicle and the families of the four deceased occupants of the SUV may file wrongful death claims. Further, the sole surviving victim may file a personal injury claim against her as well. Any damages received from successfully litigated civil actions related to this car accident may help with the financial losses associated with the crash and could provide some sense of closure for the families who lost loved ones.
Source: New York Daily News, Sole survivor of California wrong-way crash that killed 6 recalls horror, Nancy Dillon, Feb. 12, 2014