Three people have died and a third person was injured following a tragic crash on the 60 Freeway, according to police. California officials worked with Riverside firefighters, as they often do in the case of serious car accidents, to both aid the wounded and determine how the crash took place. So far, California Highway Patrol has asked anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.
According to the accident report, the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. the morning of Sept. 9. An eastbound driver lost control of a vehicle, which slammed into the divide at the center of the highway. A man driving another vehicle was unable to stop in time and crashed into the disabled car, throwing the driver into oncoming traffic. Thankfully, he only suffered minor injuries.
The three occupants of the disabled vehicle were all killed when the second vehicle crashed into their vehicle. Their identities are not being released until police can notify their next of kin. Police are still unsure what caused the first driver to lose control of the vehicle, but they say they are not intending to file charges against the second driver. The investigation remains underway as of this report.
Car accidents of this severity are thoroughly examined by crash specialists in the California Highway Patrol. If they determine the first driver was reckless, negligent or intoxicated in a way that caused him or her to contribute materially to the deadly crash, obviously criminal charges will not be filed posthumously. However, the families of the deceased passenger can use this evidence to support wrongful death lawsuits against the estate of the deceased driver. Whether grounds exist for separate claims against the second driver is a question that the surviving families of the victims may choose to address with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Source: ktla.com, “3 Dead, 1 Injured After Crash on 60 Freeway Near Jurupa Valley in Riverside“, Marissa Wenzke, Sept. 9, 2017