An 18-year-old man best known for live-streaming video games on YouTube has been killed, along with a woman and her daughter, in a head-on crash believed to be his fault. The fatal car accident occurred in San Diego County, California, on Aug. 23. Obviously, no charges will be filed posthumously, but the family of the deceased parties may be in a position to sue for wrongful death.
According to the information available, the 18-year-old was driving a sports car in the wrong direction at a high rate of speed on a highway that was unnamed in the report. It is unclear at this time why he was going the wrong way. His vehicle collided with an SUV headed the other direction, totalling both vehicles. The 18-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Also pronounced dead were a 43-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl identified as her daughter. Neither of these individuals were named in the report, pending notification of next-of-kin. There is evidence to suggest the 18-year-old may have been involved in another minor crash earlier the same day, but it has not been corroborated at this time. Police have reopened the highway, but their investigation into the cause of the crash is still underway at this time.
There are several possible causes for this fatal car accident, but none of them change the tragic loss of life involved in the incident. California law will allow the family of the deceased woman and her daughter to file a wrongful death suit against the other driver’s estate, including anyone else with ownership interest in the vehicle involved. Any evidence uncovered by police that could explain his traveling the wrong way on a highway, including possible intoxication, can be used to support such a claim in civil court.