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4 killed, 4 injured in California crash

Four people were killed and four others were injured in a head-on collision between a sedan and a pickup truck in Aptos on March 1. The nighttime crash likely involved alcohol, according to police, since several broken bottles and several intact bottles of alcohol were found around the sedan. Additionally, witnesses reported that just prior to the accident, the driver of the sedan was conducting the vehicle erratically and recklessly.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal car crash took place around 8 p.m. The sedan, driven by a 22-year-old man, was traveling west when it drove into the opposite lanes and into the path of oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with the eastbound pickup truck, driven by a 56-year-old man.

The driver of the sedan, two front-seat passengers, a 19-year-old woman and an 18-year-old man, and a 16-year-old girl who was sitting behind the driver were killed in the incident. Two other passengers, an 18-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man, were critically injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment. A seventh passenger, a 17-year-old girl, received unknown injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for treatment, where he was listed in severe condition. Police continued to investigate the crash.

In a case similar to this one, an injured victim might decide to file a personal injury claim to recover damages incurred as a result of the accident. The victim might seek the guidance of a lawyer, who can help gather evidence to prove a driver was negligent in the case. The lawyer might use the information from the police investigation, including any charges filed against the liable driver, as evidence.

Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Victims ID'd in quadruple fatal, alcohol-fueled car crash near Santa Cruz," Donna Jones, March 3, 2015

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