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San Bernardino woman dies after being hit by alleged drunk driver

A 26-year-old San Bernardino woman lost her life in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 3, 2017, after she became wedged in between a sheriff's transport van and another vehicle. It's believed that the 34-year-old male that struck the rear of the woman's car was intoxicated at the time the accident occurred.

The decedent was traveling in the eastbound direction along Fifth Street as she approached a red light at its intersection with H Street around 1:46 a.m. As she stopped at the traffic signal, there was a San Bernadino Police Department van that was transporting prisoners that was already there in front of her. A third car soon approached from her car's rear. It struck the decedent's vehicle, pushing it into the police van.

As for the witnesses to the accident, they reported having seen the third vehicle, a truck, approaching at a fast rate speed. They reported not having seen the driver attempt to slow the speed of his car prior to colliding with the woman's car. The witnesses reported having seen the back seat of the woman's car completely crushed in.

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found a female driver unresponsive in the front seat of that car. She was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to various, severe internal injuries to her major organs. One of the inmates that was riding in the police van at the time suffered minor abrasions.

The Riverside driver seen as responsible for this fatal collision was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence with the aggravated circumstance of causing an injury. He too suffered injuries in the car crash. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he was treated before being booked into the Rancho Cucamonga's West Valley Detention Center.

Formal criminal charges have not yet been brought against the man by the district attorney's office. The driver has since bailed out from jail.

Even if he never formally charged in this case, the family of the deceased woman may ultimately decide to work with a San Bernardino car accident attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man who is believed to have taken their loved one's life.

Source: KTLA, "San Bernardino woman, 26, dies after alleged DUI driver slams into her car, pushing it into sheriff’s transport van: Police," Tracy Bloom, June 05, 2017

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