A head-on collision has left one person dead in Selma, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that a man in his mid-40s died after a fatal car accident. Another individual was also injured, and police have yet to determine what caused the accident. The investigation is still underway as of this report.
According to the limited sources available at this time, it appears an unidentified man in his mid-40s was traveling near Manning and Bethel around 5 p.m. on the evening in question. For reasons that have not yet been articulated, the man’s vehicle apparently crossed over a 20-foot wide dirt divider in the middle of the road, entering the oncoming lane. This caused a head-on collision with another man in his 70s.
The driver who crossed the dividing line was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel who arrived shortly thereafter. The other driver was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as major. Police are unsure what caused the deceased man to change into the oncoming lane, but they have not ruled out alcohol as a possible factor in the crash. Other factors are also being considered.
While it is tragic that a man lost his life, the fault for this fatal car accident appears to have lain with him. Of course, this means no criminal charges will be filed posthumously, but thankfully, California law allows legal recourse to the injured man. If he so chooses, he can file a personal injury lawsuit against the other man’s estate, and possibly against others with ownership interest in the involved vehicle, in a civil court.
Source: abc30.com, “CHP investigates fatal accident in Selma“, Mar. 2, 2018