Brenda Coronel, 23, was fatally injured in a highway crash in Los Alamitos early morning on April 26, 2015.
According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the car accident occurred on the southbound 605 Freeway just south of Katella Avenue.
California Highway Patrol officials say one vehicle rear-ended another causing the
vehicle in front to lost control.
Coronel, a passenger in one of the two vehicles, a 2001 Honda, was declared dead at the scene. The driver of that car, also a woman in her 20s, had moderate injuries and was transported to an area hospital. She is expected to survive.
Another vehicle involved in the crash was a 2007 BMW driven by a man who also suffered moderate injuries and taken to Long Beach Memorial. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Brenda Coronel, who was tragically killed in this crash. We also wish those who were injured the very best for a quick and full recovery.
OC Crash Statistics
Two people died and 20 were injured as a result of traffic accidents in the city of Los Alamitos, according to CHP’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS).
In Orange County as a whole, 148 fatalities and 14,029 injuries were reported due to car accidents during the same year.
What Causes This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that this tragic collision was triggered by one vehicle that rear-ended the other. We trust officials are looking into what caused this initial impact.
Was the driver of the striking vehicle under the influence? Was he or she distracted or fatigued? Was the driver traveling too fast, given the speed limit or traffic conditions?
The answers to these and other questions may help determine precisely what caused this fatal crash.
In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship.
Injured victims and their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.