Two people lost their lives in a serious crash on the 118 Freeway, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol say the fatal car accident happened in the early morning of Nov. 19. Police say the accident was caused by a driver traveling the wrong way. 

According to the police report, a vehicle was reported heading westbound in the eastbound HOV lane of the 118 Freeway around 12:30 a.m. Only a few minutes later, witnesses reported a head-on collision. The Los Angeles Fire Department was dispatched to provide emergency aid on the scene, and several passersby also stopped to render aid. 

The report goes on to confirm that two people, a 30-year-old man and a 38-year-old man, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. A third individual, a woman of indeterminate age, was severely injured and was rushed to a local hospital. It is unclear which vehicle the victims were traveling in, or whether the drivers were among those killed in the accident. 

Too little information is available at this time to accurately determine how this case will play out. California authorities do not criminally charge individuals posthumously, but even if the driver traveling the wrong way was killed in the accident, legal recourse may still be available to the injured victim and/or the family of the deceased party. A wrongful death lawsuit filed in civil court can present evidence of a driver’s negligence that caused or materially contributed to a fatal car accident, allowing the court to award damages for documented financial losses to injured parties and the families of deceased victims. 

Source: NBC Los Angeles, “Two Killed in Wrong-Way Crash on 118 Freeway,” Rudy Chinchilla, Nov. 19, 2017