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Mother and 5-year-old Son Killed in Los Angeles Rollover Crash

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Anel Slagoski, 31, and her 5-year-old son, James, were killed in a Los Angeles County freeway accident on January 7, 2009, the Whittier Daily News reports. Slagoski, her son and another 11-year-old girl were southbound on the 101 Freeway near Sunset Boulevard in a 1999 Volkswagen Cabriolet. California Highway Patrol officials say Slagoski drifted across one lane then overcorrected, swerved right and hit the guardrail separating the freeway from the Sunset Boulevard off-ramp.

The car rolled several times. Both Slagoski and her son, James, who was sitting in the car’s left rear seat, were ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. An unidentified 11 year-old girl, who was sitting in the front passenger seat suffered minor injuries. CHP officials are saying that alcohol was not a factor in this crash and Slagoski did not fall asleep at the wheel.

My heart goes out to the family of Anel Slagoski for their tragic loss. I’m relieved, however, that the girl escaped with only minor injuries. Please keep the Slagoski family in your prayers. I wish the girl the very best for a speedy physical and emotional recovery.

CHP officials are saying that neither impairment nor exhaustion caused this tragic fatal Los Angeles auto accident. In such a case, one has to wonder if something went wrong with the vehicle. Was there a mechanical malfunction that caused Anel Slagoski to lose control of the Volkswagen Cabriolet and crash into that guardrail? Or was there a dangerous condition on the roadway such as debris that caused the car to drift over lanes?

The victims’ family deserves to get answers to these questions. They would be well-advised to consult with a experienced California auto accident attorney, who is well-versed in dealing with product defect and product liability issues. The Volkswagen that crashed should be preserved unaltered until it can be examined by an expert for evidence of product defects (be it manufacturing or design defects) and mechanical malfunctions. A skilled California personal injury lawyer will also look into whether a dangerous or defective roadway played a role in this tragic accident.

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