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19-year-old killed by wrong-way driver on 210 Freeway

A 19-year-old man from El Monte was killed in accident along the 210 Freeway around 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, when a vehicle headed the wrong way struck another car. A Honda sedan was going eastbound when it collided in a head-on crash with a Nissan. Authorities said that the operator of the Nissan was declared dead on the scene. A 16-year-old female passenger, who police said was identified as the girlfriend of the man who was killed, suffered injuries due to the accident.

The driver of the Honda was identified by police as a 24-year-old man. Police said that they had booked him under suspicion of use of drugs or alcohol while operating the vehicle. According to the report, the driver of the Honda and a passenger had fled the scene on foot, but police were able to take them into custody two hours later. The freeway was closed until 7:40 a.m. pending efforts to investigate the incident.

Pursuing claims that arise from fatal accidents can be challenging to do, but plaintiffs can seek the assistance of an attorney while going through the process. In a situation similar to this one, the extent of any wrongful death claim is likely to be determined by the outcome of the criminal investigation. Reckless or negligent behavior can also lead a plaintiff to consider seeking punitive damages.

While a police report can be helpful, a plaintiff may also wish to discuss reconstructing the details of an accident with the support of a lawyer. An accident reconstruction can have value while trying to seek compensation through an injury claim.

Source: KABC, "Wrong-way driver kills 19-year-old on 210 west in Azusa ", Hanna Chu and Melissa MacBride, August 09, 2014

Source: KABC, "Wrong-way driver kills 19-year-old on 210 west in Azusa ", Hanna Chu and Melissa MacBride, August 09, 2014

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