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A man is dead following a fatal car accident in East Bay, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol was called to investigate the fatal car accident, which took place on Nov. 22. The injured party involved in the crash was pronounced dead the following day, on Thanksgiving. So far, no formal charges have been filed.

According to the accident report, the unidentified driver of a northbound vehicle lost control of it around 6:55 a.m. Police believe wet road conditions may have played a role in the accident. The car entered oncoming traffic and entered the path of a southbound vehicle, which crashed into the passenger side of the wrong-way vehicle.

The force of the impact caused critical injuries to the 25-year-old male passenger of the car. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead the following day. Police are not sure as of this report whether other factors may have played a part in the crash. However, they are reserving judgment on whether charges will be filed until after their investigation is complete.

In the case of a fatal car accident, California authorities will do everything they can to determine how and why the tragedy took place, in the hope of avoiding future accidents. In this case, it is possible the driver of the wrong-way vehicle could face criminal charges. Even if no criminal charges are filed, the family of the deceased passenger may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. The evidence gathered in the police investigation may be helpful in establishing liability in civil court with respect to a claim for monetary damages resulting from the tragedy.

Source: eastbaytimes.com, “Bay Point: man dies on Thanksgiving from car crash injuries,” Denis Cuff, Nov. 24, 2017