A fatal crash on the 405 freeway in Costa Mesa in the early morning of Nov. 22 has claimed one life and sent three other people to local hospitals. The motor vehicle accident involved two passenger vehicles and a big rig, and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy from San Diego. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the accident and has not ruled out recklessness or negligence as possible contributing factors.
According to the report, a vehicle that was disabled by an earlier crash was struck by a sports car operated by an 18-year-old male. Slick roads have been named as part of the possible reason why the driver was unable to stop before his vehicle crashed into the disabled car. The force of the impact launched the driver from the car, also injuring three other occupants of the vehicle: two more 18-year-old males and a 17-year-old boy.
One of the 18-year-olds left the vehicle while the other two stayed in the car, which was in the middle of the road without lights. The car was struck by a big rig, whose driver apparently could not see the car in the dark. The 17-year-old was killed in this second impact, and the 18-year-old was hospitalized with severe injuries.
It appears the 18-year-old sports car driver was operating his vehicle in a manner that was unsafe for the road conditions, contributing to the motor vehicle accident. If California authorities come to the same conclusion, that individual could face criminal charges. The family of the deceased boy and the other two injured parties are also entitled to file wrongful death and/or personal injury suits against the driver of the sports car in civil court. It remains to be seen if the gathered evidence supports civil claims being filed against additional parties, including the driver of the big rig and the trucker’s employer.