One teenager is dead and another is suffering from critical injuries following a high-speed crash in San Jose. California authorities were called to the scene of the crash on the evening of Nov. 7. As would be the case with similar car accidents, the police investigation is ongoing. 

According to what police know, around 6:48 p.m. a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old male was traveling at a high rate of speed when he clipped another car and lost control of his vehicle. His car left the road and smashed into a tree, trapping the driver and his 17-year-old female passenger in the wreckage. First responders worked to free both individuals from the vehicle, but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the local medical examiner. 

The female survivor was rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries. She is expected to survive. The driver of the clipped vehicle stopped to cooperate with authorities on the scene and is not expected to face any charges. Family members have organized remembrance ceremonies for the deceased driver, who was a student at a local high school. 

Car accidents where young people lose their lives are always tragic, but especially so when the accident is preventable. While California courts do not file charges posthumously, the family of the injured girl could choose to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver’s estate and anyone with an ownership interest in the vehicle he was operating. The family may be able to utilize police evidence, including indicators of reckless driving, to substantiate their claim in civil court. 

Source:, “San Jose: Oak Grove High senior killed in crash, passenger injured,” Robert Salonga, Nov. 8, 2017