A teenager has tragically lost his life following a wrong-way crash in Santa Clara County, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of a 17-year-old boy in the collision. The driver is being held against $275,000 bail, though no charges have yet been officially filed. As with many suspected drunk driving accidents, this one is still under investigation.
According to the reports, it appears around 2 a.m. the morning of May 11, the minivan carrying the 17-year-old was traveling southbound on Highway 17 when the accident occurred. A 28-year-old San Jose resident was reportedly driving north in the southbound lanes and was seen by a CHP trooper who was unable to catch her in time to prevent the accident. Her vehicle struck the minivan head-on.
Of the five people traveling in the minivan, only two were wearing seat belts. The teenager was killed in the impact, and three other people were taken to a local hospital with injuries that have been described as not life-threatening. A fourth individual was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The other driver, whose condition is not known, is being investigated for alleged drunk driving.
If she is found guilty, she could face serious jail time for her role in the crash. Drunk driving accidents are prosecuted harshly in California, mostly due to their preventable nature. In addition, the family may choose to file a separate wrongful death lawsuit against her in civil court. This suit can be supported by evidence from the criminal case, though a conviction is not necessary to win a civil case.