Five people, three of them children, were pronounced dead following a serious car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway, as reported by local news sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that five people were involved in the single-car motor vehicle accident. No charges are likely, as all occupants of the car including the driver were killed, but legal recourse may be available to the families of the deceased. 

Police are still puzzled as to how the accident occurred. California authorities have confirmed that an SUV was traveling southbound on Highway 1 when, for reasons unknown, it pulled into a dirt turnout before driving directly off a cliff. The vehicle fell some 100 feet into the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean, killing all five passengers on impact. The relationship between the individuals in the car, including the three children, is not yet known. 

While drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor in the accident, authorities say autopsies will be performed on all five individuals. It has been confirmed that the two adult women in the vehicle were from out of state, though the identities of the children remain unknown. The investigation is still underway as of this report. 

Obviously the death of five people, especially children, is a tragedy. However, it will be up to California authorities to determine the cause of the motor vehicle accident, which will inform the families of their options in seeking legal recourse. State law will allow them to file wrongful death suits against the driver’s estate if it can be confirmed that driver error of some type was responsible for the crash. 

Source: popculture.com, “5 Dead After Car Plunges off Cliff on Pacific Coast Highway“, Hannah Barnes, March 28, 2018