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Driver that fled the scene of car accident may be injured

In the early morning hours of March 8, police in a California city near Los Angeles responded to the scene of a single vehicle accident. By the time they arrived, the driver had disappeared, leaving his or her vehicle and passenger behind. The passenger died in the car accident.

Evidence at the scene -- including multiple skid marks -- led police to suspect the driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle, which caused it to crash first into a brick wall and then a light pole. Additional evidence points to the fact that the driver suffered injuries in the crash. No speculation on whether those injuries required medical attention was revealed. The identity of an unknown man -- the vehicle's passenger -- was not reported since police still needed to notify the victim's family of his untimely demise.

It is unknown whether getting emergency medical assistance to the passenger immediately would have made a difference. Locating the driver is a priority for Westminster police as they continue their investigation into the cause of the crash. Numerous questions need to be answered, not only for possible criminal

proceedings but also for the victim's family.

Not only could the details provide the family some peace regarding his death, but also those details may be relevant to a wrongful death claim against the driver once he or she is located. Proving negligence in a California civil action could lead to an award of damages in connection with the passenger's death. Any financial restitution could cover funeral and burial costs and other financial losses associated with such a tragic car accident.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, Driver Sought In Westminster Fatal Hit-And-Run Accident, No author, March 8, 2014

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