Two people have tragically lost their lives following a serious wrong-way crash on the 5 Freeway in Santa Ana in the early hours of June 28. California Highway Patrol responded to the motor vehicle accident that involved a sports car and a motorcycle. As both drivers were killed, no criminal charges will be filed, but an investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing.
According to the California Highway Patrol, a sports sedan was headed south in the northbound lane for reasons that have not been determined. Around 4 a.m. the vehicle struck a motorcycle headed the other direction. The force of the impact killed both drivers, with the motorcyclist suffering extreme trauma, suggesting a high rate of speed for the other driver. Both vehicles also caught fire. Police on the scene closed all northbound lanes for the next several hours.
Police are uncertain why the driver of the car was headed the wrong way, as they were not able to determine where that individual entered the freeway. They have considered the possibility the move may have been intentional, but they are not speaking publicly about this potential. The investigation will continue until a cause has been determined.
When a motor vehicle accident claims multiple lives, it requires considerable investigation to determine the cause. In this case, California authorities will attempt to recreate the events leading up to the accident to determine why the sedan driver was in the wrong lane. Regardless, the family of the deceased motorcyclist is likely entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the other driver’s estate. Even in the absence of criminal charges, traveling the wrong way on a freeway is a violation of traffic law and could be considered material contribution to the accident.