Three people have been confirmed dead following two separate pileups on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day, according to Palm Springs Police. California authorities are still investigating the car accidents that caused the three fatalities, and have said the first of the two may have been caused by drunk driving. So far, no charges have been filed.
In the first accident, which took place sometime after 8 p.m., three vehicles were involved. The details of the accident have not been publicly reported at this time, but it has been confirmed that one driver was killed and another driver was injured. Police believe alcohol was involved in this accident, but it is not clear if the 25-year-old male driver who died was also responsible for the accident.
A second accident, a two-car crash that happened around 2 a.m. the following morning, killed the driver and a passenger in one of the two involved vehicles. These people have been identified as a 25-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, both local residents. The second driver was rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as life-threatening.
While police go over the facts of these accidents, it is possible they will end up filing criminal charges against one or more of these drivers. Because injuries and fatalities resulted, the families of the deceased and any injured parties may be entitled under California law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against the driver believed responsible. This would require enough evidence to be present to document that negligence or recklessness caused the crash.
Source: desertsun.com, “Car Crashes in Palm Springs leave three dead, one injured“, Joseph Hong, March 17, 2018