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2 men killed in head-on crash

The California Highway Patrol confirmed that two 63-year-old men from Shafter were killed in a car crash on March 23. Both of the deceased victims in the accident were riding in the same vehicle. Investigators say the men were probably on their way to go fishing or camping before they were fatally struck.

The fatal car crash happened east of Paso Robles while the victims were traveling westbound on Highway 41 in a black Chevrolet truck. At around 6:51 a.m., a 47-year-old man driving a silver Ford F-350 pickup truck attempted to turn left onto Highway 41 from eastbound Highway 46 at a Y intersection. The driving maneuver resulted in a head-on collision with the victims' Chevrolet truck.

The two 63-year-old men died as a result of their injuries while the 47-year-old man was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. His condition was reported to be serious. Although investigators do not know why the Ford driver entered the path of oncoming traffic, they have ruled out drug or alcohol impairment as factors in the accident. Coincidentally, actor James Dean was killed in a strikingly similar head-on crash that occurred at the same location in 1955.

A driver could cause a fatal car accident for other reasons besides impairment such as distraction or exhaustion. Even if a driver's mistake does not result in criminal charges, the family of a deceased car accident victim may hold the driver accountable for the accident by filing a wrongful death claim. Many families seek financial compensation for funeral and burial expenses and the loss of financial support.

Source: KEYT, "SLO County Collision Kills 2 People, CHP Releases Victims' Names," Nia Wong, March 24, 2015

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