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Devastating auto collision kills 1, injures 3 in California

A minivan was parked on the shoulder of California Highway 85 on the afternoon of April 21, when the driver of an oncoming vehicle suddenly saw a large brown cloud. Barely a fraction of a mile away, she had just witnessed a devastating auto collision. The crash killed a young girl who was strapped into her booster seat. Her brother and mother were also injured.

For reasons not yet known by authorities, a Jeep veered off the roadway onto the shoulder and partially onto the dirt before slamming into the parked minivan. After the initial impact, the Jeep flipped over, and the minivan was propelled across the lanes of travel. The driver of the Jeep suffered injuries considered to be major and was taken to a hospital.

The mother who was driving the minivan escaped with only minor injuries. Her son suffered moderate injuries. Tragically, the young girl was sitting where the bulk of the damage to the minivan occurred. A California Highway Patrol officer at the scene reported that it was difficult to even see the little girl through the wreckage.

The investigation could result in criminal charges against the driver of the Jeep. Any evidence gathered by police may be of use by the family of the young girl that was killed in a wrongful death claim for her loss and a personal injury claim for the injuries suffered by her brother. A successfully litigated claim could result in an award of damages that could help the family recover from the financial aspects of this devastating auto collision.

Source:, "Girl Killed in Highway 85 Accident in California, 3 Others Injured", Michael Mullins, April 22, 2014

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