Two people are tragically dead following a serious car accident on Highway 99 on the afternoon of Dec. 18, according to state police. California Highway Patrol responded to the auto accident that killed two drivers in the accident. Another person was taken to a local hospital with injuries, and so far, no charges have been announced by police. 

According to the limited report, a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old man headed east on Highway 99 somehow drifted onto the shoulder of the highway around 4:30 p.m. It appears the man may have overcorrected for his error, causing his vehicle to veer into the westbound lanes of Highway 99. His vehicle struck a pickup truck being driven by an 18-year-old man as well as a passenger vehicle being driven by a 53-year-old man.

The 47-year-old, as well as the 53-year-old passenger vehicle driver, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the pickup truck managed to escape the accident with minor injuries despite major damage to his vehicle. He has likely been released from medical attention by this time. 

At this point in the investigation into the auto accident, California police have not chosen to file charges against anyone involved. The result of their investigation could change this outcome, or they could decide no charges need to be filed. In either case, if enough evidence exists to suggest that one or more drivers were materially responsible for the accident, the families of the deceased as well as injured parties could choose to file lawsuits in civil court against those deemed responsible.