Two people have died and four others were injured in a car wreck in Northridge, according to local sources. The fatal car accident, which claimed the lives of two adults, was reported around 2:00 p.m. the afternoon of Jan. 26. At this point, no charges have been filed by California authorities against anyone involved in the accident. 

According to the police report, the accident involved a sports car and a passenger vehicle and took place near Parthenia Street. The details of the collision were not included in this report, but it has been confirmed that a driver and front seat passenger of the sedan were trapped in their vehicle and needed to be extricated from the wreck. They were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, and two rear passengers in their vehicle were also hospitalized in conditions described as being serious. 

The driver and passenger of the sports car were also grievously injured in the crash. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by arriving medical authorities. The driver was hospitalized in a condition described as grave and was pronounced dead a short time afterwards. Police have yet to determine which driver was responsible for the accident, but their investigation is ongoing at this time. 

Depending on the outcome of the California police investigation into this fatal car accident, the surviving driver may yet face criminal censure. Regardless whether police file criminal charges or not, the families of the deceased victims, as well as any injured parties, are entitled under state law to file wrongful death and/or personal injury claims in civil court. Any driver found to have contributed in a material way to the accident could be subject to these claims, and if the driver perished in the original incident, his or her estate could face the consequences in court.