Antje Curphey, 69, was killed in a Ventura car accident after the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by another car at a street intersection. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the fatal crash occurred the night of February 27, 2012 at the intersection of Carmen Drive and Las Posas Road in Camarillo. Officials say Curphey was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, 31-year-old Richena Curphey.
As Richena Curphey made a left turn from Las Posas onto Carmen Drive, her car was hit by a pickup truck driven by 51-year-old Christy Dungey. The pickup hit the car on the passenger side. Dungey and Richena Curphey were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Antje Curphey was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into this fatal crash is still ongoing.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Antje Curphey for their tragic loss. My thoughts are also with the injured victims of this collision. Please keep these victims in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), five fatalities and 328 injuries occurred involving Camarillo car accidents. In Ventura County as a whole, 57 people died and 3,421 were injured due to car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Intersection Collision?
Based on this news report, officials are still looking into who was at fault here. The intersection where this accident occurred is regulated by traffic lights. There are several questions that still remain here. Who had the light at the time? Did Richena Curphey have a green arrow or did she fail to yield the right-of-way to the oncoming pickup? Did the driver of the pickup run a red light? Did impairment, distracted driving, inattention or some other form of negligence cause or contribute to the incident? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine what occurred and why.
Fault and Liability
If Richena Curphey is determined to have been at fault, then, she can be held liable for the injuries and damages here. If Dungey was at fault, she can be held liable for the older Curphey’s wrongful death. In such cases injured victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.