Melissa Rosales Dennis, 19, was killed in a Long Beach rollover car accident after she crashed on a 710 Freeway off-ramp the morning of June 19, 2009. According to a news article in the Daily Breeze, Dennis lost control of her 1993 Acura Integra, which rolled over and came to rest on its hood on the Sixth Street off-ramp. No other vehicles were involved in this fatal car accident. Long Beach fire officials pronounced Dennis dead at the scene. Long Beach traffic accident investigators are still trying to determine what caused this car accident. If you have more information about this fatal car crash, please contact the Long Beach Police Department at 562-570-7355.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of young Melissa Rosales Dennis for their tragic and untimely loss. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Dennis. Please keep them in your prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System (http://www.chp.ca.gov/switrs/pdf/2007-sec8.pdf), there were 39 fatal car accidents and 2,212 injuries involving car accidents in Long Beach. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 712 fatalities and 56,475 injuries were reported as a result of car accidents in 2007.
In this particular case, it is not clear based on this news source, what caused Dennis to lose control of her Acura Integra and crash. There is no mention in the news account that Dennis was speeding or driving erratically. Also, the report does not state that she may have fallen asleep at the wheel or that she may have been driving under the influence.
In such case, it is always in the victims’ and their families’ best interest to consult experienced Los Angeles County car accident attorneys well-versed in auto product defect cases. There is the possibility that Dennis may have lost control as a result of a mechanical malfunction or an auto product defect. Dennis’ family would be well-advised to preserve the Acura in its current condition, unaltered, so it may be carefully examined by an expert for evidence of mechanical problems or auto product defects.
Skilled personal injury attorneys will also look into other factors that may have caused this fatal Los Angeles County car accident including debris on the freeway, a dangerous condition on the freeway, another driver or vehicle that may have run Dennis off the roadway. Knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will make sure and analyze all aspects of a car accident so that injured victims or their families secure fair compensation for their injuries, damages or loss.