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Auto Accident in Cleveland National Forest Kills San Diego Woman

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A 63-year-old woman was killed in a San Diego County auto accident in the Cleveland National Forest, according to this news report. The accident occurred near Buckman Springs Road the afternoon of February 25, 2009 when a 2007 Pontiac sedan eastbound on the Interstate 8 swerved out of the far left-hand lane and struck a Honda Civic.

California Highway Patrol officials said the impact of the crash sent the Honda Civic veering off the south side of the roadway and down an embankment. The driver was apparently wearing her seat belt, but was still ejected from the car as it tumbled down the slope. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The deceased victim has not yet been identified. A passenger in the Honda also suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital. The driver of the Pontiac, who apparently triggered this fatal auto accident, was uninjured. Officials say they received reports from eyewitnesses that the driver of the Pontiac was driving recklessly just before this accident occurred.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of this woman who was fatally injured because of the apparent recklessness of another driver. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved this woman. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 statistics, there were 273 motor vehicle accident fatalities in San Diego County and 14,920 injuries involving auto accidents.

In this case, it is not clear why the Pontiac’s driver lost control of the vehicle and struck the Honda. But based on eyewitness accounts, it appears to me that the driver of the Pontiac was driving recklessly. I trust the accident investigators are also looking into whether the driver of the Pontiac was under the influence at the time of the crash. If that was the case, then the driver could be held both civilly and criminally responsible for the accident.

The family of the deceased victim and the other injured victim would be well-advised to consult a reputed Southern California auto accident attorney, who will examine the facts of this case and make sure that the negligent parties are held responsible. I’m also concerned about the report that the Honda driver’s seatbelt failed. If I were a family member, I would contact a reputed California auto product defect law firm that can have an expert examine the Honda for seatbelt failure.

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