The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig alert on the afternoon of July 7 after an accident involving six vehicles in El Cajon snarled traffic at a busy intersection. The decision to close the area to cars was taken due to the number of vehicles involved in the crash and the accident scene's close proximity to Interstate 8. The accident took place at the intersection of South Marshall Avenue and West Main Street at approximately 3:40 p.m.
According to El Cajon police, the motor vehicle accident was caused by an SUV that struck the rear of a sedan after exiting Interstate 8. Police believe that the female driver of the SUV lost control of her vehicle after suffering a seizure. Police say the woman's daughter, who was traveling in the SUV's front seat, attempted to avoid a collision by applying the emergency brake and grabbing the steering wheel.
After being struck by the SUV, the sedan was propelled into a pickup truck. Emergency response personnel arriving at the scene fount the pickup truck overturned and the sedan badly damaged. Firefighters tried to free the sedan's trapped driver, but he had succumbed to his injuries. The drivers of the SUV and pickup truck suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Drivers who cause an accident after suffering a medical emergency are in many cases not considered to have acted negligently, but accident victims may still seek civil remedies in certain situations. When presented with facts like these, a personal injury attorney may review the medical records of the driver responsible for indications that the medical emergency could have been foreseeable. An attorney may also examine accident reports and witness statements for signs that the driver responsible may have been acting negligently before the seizure.
Source: Fox 5 San Diego, "Deadly crash closes busy El Cajon intersection", Salvador Rivera and Kristina Audencial, July 7, 2015