Two people are dead and another two are in serious condition following a devastating crash in Madera County, according to local sources. California authorities are still trying to piece together the cause of the accident that claimed the lives of two unknown individuals and critically injured two more, including a child. As with most serious car accidents, this incident is being thoroughly investigated by police and accident reconstruction teams. 

According to the report, a car with a single occupant was headed eastbound on Avenue 9 in Madera County when the driver, for reasons unknown, suddenly veered into the oncoming lane. This resulted in a head-on crash with an SUV carrying a man, a woman and a 1-year-old child who was in the back seat. The man and woman were reportedly not wearing seat belts and were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The child, who may or may not have been properly secured in the car seat, was critically injured and rushed to a local hospital. The driver of the sedan was also critically injured. Police say they discovered a strong smell of alcohol and marijuana in the sedan, which leads them to believe the man may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, but this has not been corroborated at this time. 

If evidence is uncovered that proves the driver of the sedan was drunk and/or high at the time of the accident, California authorities may choose to pursue criminal charges. However, even if they do not, car accidents of this type can also be addressed in civil court. The family of the deceased man and woman, as well as the family of the injured child, are entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against him using evidence gathered by police sources to back up their claim in civil court.