A two-car crash has claimed the life of a 71-year-old woman and sent another person to the hospital, according to local sources. California City police are still investigating the crash, which happened on July 17. As with many fatal car accidents, this one is still under investigation, and charges have not yet been filed regarding the incident.
According to local officials, the accident took place around 1:30 p.m. when a vehicle driven by a 71-year-old woman was struck by another vehicle. The woman was found unresponsive and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter when CPR performed by paramedics failed to revive her. Postmortem examination confirmed her death was caused by multiple blunt force traumas consistent with her injuries.
The driver of the other vehicle, who has not been identified publicly by police at this time, was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries. It is unclear at this time which of the two drivers was at fault for the crash, but police are still investigating. They have ruled out speed and alcohol as potential causes for the crash, but other factors may still have been in play.
If California police determine the accident was caused by one or the other driver exclusively, several outcomes are possible. In fatal car accidents wherein the deceased driver is found at fault, criminal charges are not filed, but the injured driver could file a personal injury lawsuit against that driver's estate. If the surviving driver contributed materially to the accident, the deceased woman's family could sue for wrongful death in civil court.