Two children have been badly injured and a woman is dead following a crash in Los Banos. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed that child safety seats were not properly used in the vehicle involved in the crash, which also caused the death of a 25-year-old woman. Another man was also injured in the single-vehicle crash, which is still under investigation by authorities.
According to the accident report, the woman was attempting to navigate a left turn but somehow lost control of the vehicle. The car left the road and entered a field where it overturned, ejecting all four occupants of the vehicle, including the driver, a 28-year-old man and two children aged 3 and 4. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
The adult passenger was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. Police say he and the driver were both wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, but that both children were not properly restrained. Both children were rushed to a local children’s hospital with injuries described as major. No other information about their current statuses is available at this time.
It is important to note in this case that the injured children and the deceased driver share the same last name, which may indicate familial relation. While the importance of child safety seats cannot be overstated, it is not common for intra-family civil suits to be filed in cases of this type. With that said, the family may wish to seek out the support of an experienced attorney to determine their best course of action in seeking financial relief for the children’s injuries and what they may be entitled to under California law.
Source: mercedsunstar.com, “Los Banos woman killed in crash that injured small children“, Thaddeus Miller, Dec. 28, 2017