Matthew Hughes, 29, of Corona, was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended in Anaheim by a pickup truck on the 91 Freeway during the early morning hours of May 18, 2014. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal accident occurred on the eastbound side of the freeway just west of Weir Canyon Road. California Highway Patrol officials say Hughes had stopped in the middle of lanes in a black Volkswagen sedan when a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck rear-ended the vehicle.
Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck, a 45-year-old man, was not cited or arrested. Another car was also involved. But it is not clear if the driver was injured. CHP officials are looking into whether Hughes had any emergency flashers or lights activated. The driver of the pickup truck was traveling at about 65 mph, which is the speed limit in that area, at the time of the collision. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Matthew Hughes for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 17 fatalities and 1,945 injuries reported as a result of traffic accidents in Anaheim. During the same year, 128 people died and 13,541 were injured due to car accidents in Orange County as a whole.
Causes and Compensation Issues
Based on this news report, it is not clear why this crash occurred. There are still several unanswered questions here. Why did the Volkswagen stall on the freeway? Did the driver turn on the hazard lights? Was the driver of the pickup truck distracted or under the influence at the time? Did any other drivers contribute to this accident? We trust that officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely who or what caused this fatal collision.
If the driver of the pickup is determined to have been at fault, he can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased crash victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. Victims’ families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.