One person is dead after a serious accident on Interstate 280 near San Jose on the morning of Oct. 28, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed that several other people were badly hurt in the fatal car accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old man. While drugs and alcohol are not being considered potential factors in the accident, the investigation into the crash is still underway at this time and charges could still be forthcoming.
According to the accident report, around 4 a.m. an accident was reported to highway patrol officials. It appears that the 23-year-old victim struck a bridge railing on the northbound I-280 before being struck by a second vehicle. That car pushed the first vehicle into the fast lane, causing a chain reaction crash involving two more vehicles. The driver of the initial car was struck by one of these vehicles and pronounced dead at the scene.
One man, who has not been identified by police at this time, was seriously injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, and three other people involved with the crash suffered minor injuries. The investigation required the shutdown of all northbound lanes of the interstate, and apparently the vehicles involved were towed away. As of this report, no charges have been filed.
A fatal car accident of this severity will require California authorities to provide a detailed account of the events leading up to the crash in order to determine whether fault can be directed at any of the drivers involved. However, even if no criminal charges are pursued, the victims and their families are entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against any driver deemed responsible for the accident. Evidence of negligence will be required if the court is to award damages to the injured parties or the families of the deceased.