Tragedy struck on the I-405 on Aug. 29, when an Chevrolet Tahoe collided with a Tesla in the carpool lane, severely injuring one 13-year-old girl and killing her 7-year-old sister. Both of the young girls were riding in the backseat of the car when when the SUV swerved into the carpool lane, connecting with their vehicle and compounding the damages by pushing it into a Honda Civic.
Following the accident, both of the young girls and their father were transported to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where the 7-year-old sadly succumbed to her injuries. The father and the 13-year-old girl were both still listed in critical condition at the time of reporting. When the accident itself occurred, an off-duty Los Angeles County firefighter paramedic and a Costa Mesa paramedic unit happened to be in the area and were able to assist in providing aid, even going so far as to follow them to the hospital and helping to care for and comfort the family of the victims.
The driver of the Chevrolet SUV was already being pursued by police when the accident occurred. Police had received reports of the SUV weaving in and out of traffic lanes just prior to accident. The driver was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers on the suspicion of driving under the influence.
No matter how careful you may be behind the wheel, stories like this one only serve to show that accidents can happen to anyone. If you have been involved in an injury or fatality accident, the assistance of an experienced lawyer can help you pursue fair compensation and ensure that your rights remain protected.
Source: The Orange County Register, "Updated: 7-year-old girl dies, 13-year-old girl in critical condition after 405 freeway crash; another driver arrested," Jeff Gritchen and Lauren Williams, Aug. 16, 2016