A 52-year-old father and his 13-year-old son were tragically killed in San Pablo, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol announced the fatal car accident shortly after it happened on Nov. 26. It is unclear whether criminal charges have been filed in this case, but police believe the accident may have been predicated on drunk driving.
According to the accident report, the man and his son were traveling with three other relatives eastbound on Interstate 80 when the accident occurred. Another individual, who police say has a history of DUI charges, was also headed eastbound when he struck the vehicle carrying the family, as well as another car. The driver then fled the scene in his vehicle, but was later apprehended.
The family was returning from a father-son basketball tournament when the accident happened. The man and his son were both pronounced dead at the scene, along with another man and his 14-year-old son. The only survivor of the crash was the driver of the vehicle, the elder son of the second deceased man, whose condition is currently unknown. It is unclear whether police have filed charges against the driver who fled the scene, but criminal charges seem likely in this case.
Should the California Highway Patrol investigation reveal that the accused man was indeed drunk behind the wheel and/or fled the scene of the crash, he will likely face criminal charges for his role in the fatal car accident. Regardless, the families affected by this tragedy will still have the option under state law to file wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits, as applicable, against him in civil court. These claims can typically make use of police evidence to support their case.
Source: kiro7.com, “Bainbridge Island man, son killed in suspected DUI hit-and-run in California,” Deborah Horne, Nov. 27, 2017