A 35-year-old mother of two, who died in a December 29, 2008 head-on collision in Ramona, has been identified as Melissa Jean Day, according to this news report. Day was driving south on Highway 67 near Mount Woodson north of Poway Road in her 1994 Ford Ranger when a northbound 2002 Ford Ranger struck a curb and veered into her path. Day’s daughters ages 11 and 14 were airlifted to the hospital for injuries ranging from broken bones to lacerations. The driver of the other vehicle, a 17-year-old Ramona boy, and his 15-year-old female passenger suffered non life-threatening injuries.
What a horrible tragedy for the Day family! My heart goes out to Melissa Jean Day’s two daughters and the rest of the family for their tragic loss. I wish the two girls the very best for a quick and complete physical and emotional recovery. Please keep this family in your prayers.
I trust California Highway Patrol officials will be investigating this accident to find out how the teenager lost control of his Ford Ranger and slammed into Day’s truck. Was he under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash? Was he distracted in some manner? Or was there a mechanical malfunction in his Ford Ranger or an auto product defect that caused the vehicle to veer out of control? The driver’s age and inexperience may have also played a part in this tragic accident.
Melissa Jean Day’s family would be well-advised to retain the services of a Southern California auto accident lawyer, who will help determine exactly who or what caused this accident and who should be held responsible for the injuries and damages. A skilled San Diego personal injury attorney will also look into other factors that may have contributed to this accident such as a dangerous roadway or an auto product defect. In fatal auto accident cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death claim, which will compensate them for medical or funeral expenses, loss of wages and other damages.