Two people were killed and four others were injured after an out-of-control pickup truck crashed into three people waiting at a bus stop in Northridge. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the crash occurred the night of July 3, 2013 in the 8300 block of Tampa Avenue near Roscoe Boulevard. Police say a blue pickup trick driven by 24-year-old Pablo Castaneda and a white sedan were speeding when the truck spun out of control, hit three women including 19-year-old Jasmine Dubon, who was waiting at a bus stop.
A total of six people ranging in age from 22 to 80 years of age were transported to trauma centers. Both Castaneda and Dubon died from their injuries. Two other women who were struck on the sidewalk and the male drivers of the sedan and minivan were all in critical condition. Police believe the accident resulted from road rage or racing. Officials say the drivers were going up to 90 mph.
Los Angeles Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 219 fatalities and 24,561 injuries reported as a result of traffic collisions in Los Angeles. Countywide, 530 people died and 50,513 were injured as a result of traffic accidents during the same year.
Speed was a Factor
Based on this news report, officials are saying that the accident occurred as a result of road rage or street racing. Apparently, the two vehicles were traveling at 90 mph on a surface street where the speed limit may not have been more than 40 or 45 mph, if not lower. California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Protecting Victims’ Rights
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, injured victims and families of deceased victims can seek compensation for their injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault parties. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that the victims’ legal rights and best interests are protected.