Two teens–including 19-year-old Gerard Gilbert–were killed and one other sustained major injuries in a San Francisco car accident on the 101 Freeway the night of August 4, 2009, the San Mateo County Times reports. California Highway Patrol officials say a red 1992 Honda Prelude that was repeatedly changing lanes swerved off northbound 101 near Oyster Point Boulevard. The vehicle rolled over once and came to stop in a ditch. Emergency personnel had to cut the roof of the car to get the occupants out.
Tragic San Francisco Car Accident
A 17-year-old girl was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. Gilbert was a passenger in the car. The driver of the Honda, an 18-year-old woman, survived but sustained critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital. Gilbert and the driver were wearing seatbelts, but police say the 17-year-old girl who was ejected may not have been buckled up. Police also received reports before the car accident that the Honda was veering between lanes and speeding. However, officials do not believe drugs or alcohol were involved in this car crash.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Gerard Gilbert and the 17-year-old who died. I also wish the teen driver the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
I trust the official investigation will provide more details about how or why this tragic car accident occurred. Initial reports suggest the driver may have been speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. The other question that arises here is whether the 17-year-old girl was wearing her seatbelt or whether her seat restraint system failed during the car crash. Law enforcement officials who investigate car accidents generally tend to assume that if a person was ejected from a vehicle he or she was not buckled up. As auto products liability attorneys who represent injured car accident victims, we know that seatbelt failure occurs quite often during a rollover car crash.
Contacting a San Francisco Car Accident Attorney
The injured victim and the families of these deceased victims would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced San Francisco personal injury lawyer who will look into all possibilities including vehicle defect, mechanical malfunction, dangerous roadway conditions and any other vehicle that may have caused the Honda to veer off the roadway. The best California car accident attorneys will always offer a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation