Spencer Becker, 17, was killed in a Newport Beach car accident after the SUV he was driving collided with a sedan at a street intersection.
According to a news report in The Daily Pilot, the fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Jamboree Road and Bristol Street.
Becker’s Chevy Suburban was traveling east on Bristol and the Corolla was traveling north on Jamboree when the two collided the morning of June 23, 2015.
Becker, who was ejected from the Suburban, was transported to an area trauma center where he died shortly afterward. The Corolla’s driver did not need medical attention.
Police say at least one of the vehicles was traveling at a high rate of speed, which is what contributed to the crash.
The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 949-644-3747.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Spencer Becker for their terrible loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 402 injuries reported as a result of car accidents in the city of Newport Beach.
In Orange County as a whole, 148 people died and 14,029 were injured due to traffic accidents during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Crash?
Based on this news report, it appears that the two vehicles collided at the street intersection. Officials suspect speed was a factor. However, they are looking into which one of the vehicles was speeding.
They are probably also looking into who had the right-of-way at the intersection and whether any one of the drivers blew through a red light at the intersection.
We trust officials are also looking into whether one of the drivers was impaired, distracted, or otherwise negligent.
If the driver of the Corolla is determined to have been at fault, he or she can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. It would also be important to investigate why Becker got ejected from the SUV.
Was he wearing his seatbelt? If so, did the seat restraint system malfunction causing him to get ejected and suffer fatal injuries?
If that was the case, the automaker and/or the manufacturer of the defective part can also be held liable.
An experienced Newport Beach personal injury attorney will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.