Two people are dead and seven others, all of them children, have been injured after a rollover crash closed Interstate 8 on the morning of May 4. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that the children were all between the ages of 1 and 12. As the driver is among the deceased, no criminal charges are likely to be filed in this motor vehicle accident, but the families of the injured children as well as the family of the other deceased party have legal recourse available to them under state law.
According to the report filed by CHP, around 8:30 a.m. a 42-year-old man was driving a vehicle towing a heavy trailer east on Interstate 8. The driver apparently drifted onto the dirt shoulder and, in attempting to correct his course, overturned the vehicle and its accompanying load. The vehicle is believed to have turned over several times into the left lane of traffic before coming to a rest on the median.
Police on the scene reported that no one in the vehicle was wearing seat belts, and the children were not properly restrained in car seats, though two were found in the vehicle. The driver and his 31-year-old female passenger were pronounced dead on the scene. The children were taken to multiple facilities for treatment, though specific information about their injuries was not available as of this report.
The deaths and injuries associated with this motor vehicle accident make it even more pertinent for a thorough investigation to take place. California authorities will work to determine exactly what caused the accident. The family of the deceased passenger, as well as the families of the injured children, are entitled to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against the driver’s estate in civil court.
Source: kyma.com, “Two dead, seven children injured following rollover accident”, Elly Morillo, May 11, 2018