Judith Septimus, 76, was killed in a Riverside car accident the morning of November 22, 2009 after her SUV crashed into a tree in Menifee. According to a CBS news report, Septimus was driving on the 215 Freeway at Scott Road when her SUV went off an exit ramp and struck a tree. She was transported to an area hospital where she died. Riverside County Sheriff’s officials believe that this fatal accident may have been connected to a crash involving a Chevy Cavalier, which flipped over in the same area and caught fire around the same time.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Judith Septimus for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
Riverside Car Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 279 deaths and 9,925 injuries involving car accidents in Riverside County.
Based on this news report, it’s not clear what exactly caused this fatal car accident. Officials suspect this accident may have happened in the wake of the fiery rollover crash. At the same time, if I were a family member of Septimus, I would want to find out whether negligence on someone else’s part and other factors had a role here.
Were Auto Product Defects Involved?
It is, of course, possible this crash was due to driver error or some medical condition suffered by Septimus. It is also important to find out if there was a vehicle defect or a mechanical malfunction in the SUV, which caused her to lose control and crash? Was another vehicle involved in this accident — for example, was she run off the roadway by another driver? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which caused or contributed to Septimus’ fatal injuries?
In such cases, the answers to these questions are extremely helpful in determining who or what caused the accident. If family members suspect negligence or wrongdoing on the part of someone else, they should certainly consult a reputed Riverside car accident attorney who will thoroughly examine the evidence, keep up with the official investigation, identify the negligent parties and hold them accountable for their actions. If an auto product defect is suspected, it is a good idea to preserve the vehicle in its current state, unaltered, so it can be examined by an expert for vehicle defects, malfunctions and other evidence.
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