A fatal crash on Highway 101 in San Jose closed the highway for several hours, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol responded to the motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of an 18-year-old man and sent one other person to the hospital. The driver believed to be responsible for the initial crash is a minor, and it is not clear whether criminal charges will be filed against him as of this report.

According to the report, the 16-year-old driver was headed northbound with his 18-year-old passenger on Highway 101 around 1 a.m. the morning of May 20 when the accident occurred. It appears the driver jumped a curb while attempting to enter the northbound on-ramp. This caused the car to leave the road and slide down an embankment before coming to rest in two highway lanes.

The disabled car was then struck by a second vehicle driven by a 69-year-old man, who was fortunately not injured in the crash. However, the teenage driver of the disabled vehicle suffered compound fractures to both of his ankles, and his passenger was killed in the collision. The lanes remained closed for five hours while police attempted to piece together how the accident happened.

So far, they have not announced plans to file formal charges against the driver, but that does not mean legal recourse for the family of the deceased is unavailable. In California, a fatal motor vehicle accident often results in the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court. The plaintiff would be represented by an attorney, using evidence of the driver’s negligence or recklessness to support the claim for recovery of monetary damages.

Source: mercurynews.com, “Fatal crash in San Jose: Car hit while disabled on Highway 101“, Joseph Geha, May 20, 2018