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Head-On Crash Leaves Two Dead In San Bernardino County

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A head-on collision in the city of Adelanto killed two passengers including a 13-year-old girl, according to a news report in The Press-Enterprise.

Officials said Dana Rivera, 13, of Victorville and a 26-year-old San Diego woman died at the scene of the accident, which occurred the afternoon of April 5 along Highway 395 near Maverick’s Stadium.

The girl was a passenger in a blue 2000 Ford Expedition SUV driven by 40-year-old Travis Taylor King James of Victorville.

The SUV was traveling north when it
went out of control and veered into oncoming traffic. It then collided with a white 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan driven by a 52-year-old San Diego resident Cynthia Ng.

The woman who died was a passenger in Ng’s minivan. Sheriff’s traffic investigators are still trying to determine why the SUV entered oncoming lanes.

Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at 760-552-6800.

Crash Statistics

One person died and 210 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in Adelanto in 2012, according to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).

In San Bernardino County as a whole, 217 fatalities and 7,942 injuries were reported due to car accidents during the same year.

What Caused This Crash?

Based on this news report, it appears that the Ford Expedition SUV veered into oncoming traffic lanes and collided with the minivan. There are still several unanswered questions here.

What caused the driver of the SUV to veer into oncoming lanes? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was the driver distracted or fatigued at the time of the crash? Did the driver lose control of the SUV because he was speeding or driving recklessly? Was there a vehicle defect or malfunction that caused him to lose control?

We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.

Laws and Liability Issues

California Vehicle Code section 21651 (a): “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”

In this case, if the driver of the SUV is determined to have been at fault, then, he can be held liable for the damages and losses. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and pain and suffering.

An experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorney will be able to better advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.

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