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Elderly Driver Killed in Huntington Beach Car Accident

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Mary Therese Ehrenfeld, 79, was killed in a Huntington Beach car accident after her car was struck by another vehicle, the afternoon of August 6, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car crash occurred on Adams Avenue, near Bushard Street, in Huntington Beach. The incident involved a Buick Regal sedan, driven by Ehrenfeld, and a Jeep Cherokee, driven by Cynthia Lynn Kelber, 60, colliding at a high speed. Ehrenfeld was killed in the crash, while Kelber sustained minor injuries.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Mary Therese Ehrenfeld following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 13 people were killed and 993 were injured in Huntington Beach car accidents. During that same year, 141 fatalities and 13,373 injuries occurred involving Orange County car accidents.

What Caused This Fatal Crash?

It is unclear what led to this crash. The report suggests that it was a full speed collision. This could mean that neither driver attempted to or had time to brake. We do not know at the moment if this was a head-on collision? Did one of the drivers fail to yield right-of-way when pulling into traffic? Was either driver distracted, speeding or under the influence? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Liability Issues

If it is determined that Kelber was at fault for this crash, she could be held liable for Ehrenfeld’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of companionship, and other related damages. An experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer will help victims’ families in such cases better understand their legal rights and options.

A skilled car accident attorney will also determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the accident. If that was the case, the city or public entity responsible for maintaining the roadway could be held liable. Please remember that any personal injury or wrongful death claim against a California governmental agency must be filed within six months of the incident.

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