A wrong-way crash north of Los Angeles has claimed two lives and sent three other people to the hospital, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has not ruled out intoxication as a possible factor in the fatal car accident that happened in the early morning of Dec. 27. For the moment, no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing at this time.

According to the accident report, around 3:30 a.m. a driver in a passenger vehicle apparently entered the northbound lanes going south. Police believe the driver may have been intoxicated at the time, leading to the wrong-way situation. The driver traveled at least 4 miles in the wrong direction, prompting concerned motorists to call 911.

Unfortunately, the inevitable occurred when the vehicle struck a sports car head-on. A second vehicle trailing the sports car rear-ended the vehicle as a result of the initial impact. Two people in the wrong-way vehicle were killed on impact, though it is unclear whether either of them was the errant driver. Three other people were injured and had to be extricated from the wreckage. One of those three was listed as being in critical condition.

Depending on how the California Highway Patrol investigation proceeds, it is possible evidence will come to light suggesting the wrong-way driver was intoxicated and therefore materially responsible for the fatal car accident. If the driver perished in the crash, no criminal charges will be filed. In either case, the families of the deceased and the injured parties are entitled to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits in civil court, either against the driver or the driver’s estate.