One person is dead and another is reportedly in custody following a serious crash between a motorcycle and a passenger car on the evening of Nov. 18 in San Jose. California Highway Patrol in that area have confirmed the death of one unidentified person in the fatal car accident that took place on Interstate 280 northbound. The charges against the other individual have not been formally announced to the public as of this report. 

Details about the accident are still being investigated by CHP, but it has been confirmed that police were made aware of the crash around 7:04 p.m. when a witness called police to report it. Unfortunately, the witness did not see the events leading up to the crash, so police are still trying to document its cause. The accident involved a passenger vehicle with an unknown number of occupants and a motorcycle, believed to have been carrying only the driver. 

One individual was pronounced dead at the scene, but his or her identity is still being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Police could not confirm whether this person was the operator of the motorcycle. A second person, also unidentified publicly, was arrested. It is unclear whether this individual remains in police custody or has been released on bail. 

Even if the driver charged in this fatal car accident is not found guilty in criminal court, the family of the deceased individual may have recourse available to them. They may have grounds under California law to file a wrongful death lawsuit against that person in civil court. Evidence of the driver’s negligence or recklessness is required if the court is to award damages sustained as a result of this tragedy.