A 24-year-old man was killed in a rollover accident on December 12, 2008 along Interstate 10 near Cabazon. The victim has been identified as Damian Demeglio of Desert Hot Springs. Police indicate that Demeglio may have crashed while racing on the freeway with another driver. Eyewitnesses told officials that the two cars were traveling at speeds above 100 mph moments before the fatal rollover crash. Our source for this blog is this news report in The Desert Sun.
Although Demeglio was the only fatality in the crash, a passenger in his car was injured and hospitalized with injuries, California Highway Patrol officials said. They are still looking for a second car – apparently a silver car – that sped away after the crash.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has more information is asked to call 760-772-8900.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of young Damian Demeglio for their heartbreaking loss. I also wish his injured passenger the very best for a quick and complete recovery. This is a tragic situation for everybody involved.
My recommendation to the family of Damian Demeglio would be retain one of California’s best personal injury attorneys to investigate other factors that may have caused or contributed to this accident. A auto accident attorney will also hold any responsible parties accountable for all injuries suffered. The questions in my mind, assuming the newspaper report is accurate are: Did the safety features of Demeglio’s car function properly or was there some type of auto product defect that contributed to his fatal injuries? Was there a dangerous condition on the freeway?
From a legal standpoint, the driver of the silver car who fled the scene may have some liability. It is possible that he or she may have engaged in a speed contest or racing with Damian Demeglio. This horrific incident is another example that racing on a public street or a freeway is just a bad idea. Street racers can pose great danger not only to themselves, but also to pedestrians and other motorists on the roadway.