Two teenagers are dead and a further three injured following a serious car accident in Antioch, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of two 18-year-old men in a single-vehicle fatal car accident. The accident is still under investigation, but authorities believe the driver may have been drunk at the time of the crash.
According to the accident report, around 4 a.m. the morning of Aug. 12, a passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 24 when the driver appeared to lose control of the vehicle. The car left the highway and dropped off a steep decline some 40-50 feet. The vehicle crashed top-first onto a roadway located beneath the highway, which caused extreme damage not only to the car itself but the surrounding road.
Two male passengers were pronounced dead at the scene, while two female passengers, also 18 years old, suffered injuries described as major. They were rushed to a local hospital for treatment. The female driver also suffered major injuries, though hospital staff say they are not life-threatening. However, police on the scene had reason to believe the woman may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash. Authorities are still following up on this possibility.
If it turns out the driver was drunk, this could be considered material contribution to the fatal car accident, and she will almost assuredly face criminal charges in a California court. In addition, the families of the deceased men and the surviving injured parties are entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against the woman and anyone else with ownership interest in the car. These suits are civil in nature and, therefore, handled external to any criminal charges, though the families are entitled to use evidence supporting the criminal charge to support their claims in civil court as well.