Two people, including a Good Samaritan who stopped to render aid, were killed following two back-to-back accidents on the 22 Freeway in Garden Grove. California authorities reported that the second of the two crashes was identified as the fatal car accident. So far, police have not filed charges against the second driver involved in the accident, though they say their investigation is ongoing at this time.
Police say the initial crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. the morning of Oct. 30, involving a single vehicle traveling westbound on 22. It is unclear what caused this first crash, but a passing motorist stopped to render aid to the incapacitated vehicle. At this point, for reasons unknown, both the driver and the other motorist were struck by a second vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by California Highway Patrol.
The condition of the second driver is unknown at this time, and no one’s identity has been publicly released by police. CHP spokespeople say they do not believe drugs or alcohol contributed to either accident, and they are not pursuing formal charges against the surviving driver until their investigation is complete. No other information has been released at this time.
Depending on the outcome of the California Highway Patrol investigation, it is still possible that the second driver could face charges for his or her role in the fatal car accident. Even if no formal criminal charges are filed, however, state law permits the families of the deceased individuals to file wrongful death lawsuits against the second driver in a civil court setting. While no criminal conviction or charges are necessary to pursue this action, evidence of material contribution to the accident will still be required if damages are to be rewarded to the families.
Source: abc7.com, “Driver, good Samaritan both fatally struck after initial crash on 22 Freeway in Garden Grove,” Christina Salvo, Oct. 30, 2017