A serious crash has claimed the life of one man and sent a woman to the hospital, according to officers on the scene. The California Highway Patrol is still in the process of piecing together what caused the fatal motor vehicle accident on the afternoon of Oct. 11. It is not clear at this time whether charges have been filed, but police are still not ruling out drugs or alcohol as possible factors in the crash.
According to the limited information provided by the official report, an unidentified man in Fresno failed to yield at an intersection with Highway 41, causing his car to crash into another. The second vehicle was transporting a man and a woman, though it is unclear which of these two people was driving the second car. They have not yet been identified by police publicly either, pending notification of next of kin.
The man in the second car was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman was rushed to a local hospital. Police have not released information about her condition at this time. The condition of the other driver is also unknown. Police do not appear to have arrested this individual, though charges may yet be forthcoming depending on the outcome of the investigation.
If California police conclude that the first driver who failed to yield was indeed responsible for the motor vehicle accident, that individual could face serious criminal consequences if a conviction is ultimately secured, including prison time. Even if a conviction is not won, and even if criminal charges are not filed, the family of the deceased man and the injured woman are all entitled to file civil suits against the other driver. Wrongful death and personal injury suits require evidence of the driver’s negligence in a manner that caused or contributed to the accident if damages are to be awarded.