Fatal Crash Near Discovery Bay
Fatal Crash Near Discovery Bay
I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton auto accident attorney. In a traffic fatality, who should be held responsible? This story shows how suddenly an accident can happen, changing life for the survivors in an instant. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney may be able to help the survivors secure life-changing compensation.
On March 13, 2016 just before midnight, two people, reportedly from Martinez, lost their lives after an accident near Discovery Bay on Highway 4. The first vehicle swerved, plowing head on into the second vehicle, which held six people, including three children. The second vehicle plunged into a ravine, resulting in the death of two adults and causing serious injuries to a third person. The children sustained minor injuries. One of the occupants of the first vehicle, a truck, also suffered injuries.
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What Caused the Accident?
The California Highway Patrol did not indicate the reason for the accident and did not know why the truck swerved. A 41-year-old male driver was behind the wheel of a Chevy S-10 when he crossed into oncoming traffic. The van could not avoid the collision and flipped into a canal under a bridge.
Good Samaritans to the Rescue
Another car on their way to Discovery Bay came upon the accident scene, and a man jumped out, quickly rendering aid. He helped extract the three children, ages 2, 9 and 10, from the capsized van. He also assisted with freeing a 24-year-old man, who also suffered minor injuries.
Meanwhile, the Good Samaritan’s wife and daughter consoled the children, who were understandably upset as their parents were still in the van. Although the man tried to rescue the couple, the male driver, 48 and his wife, 45, were trapped in the vehicle and lost their lives.
The driver of the truck also sustained serious injuries and was transported to a hospital.
The Good Samaritan admitted that he didn’t think twice, rushing to help even though his wallet and cellphone were soaked since they were in his pocket. He said that he hoped that someone would do the same for him if he was in that position.
Seeking Compensation in a Wrongful Death Case
In this case, the children, including a young toddler, have been permanently deprived of the love, care and guidance of their parents in this devastating tragedy. With the help of a competent wrongful death attorney, the courts could award these young victims compensation for the loss of their parents.
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Source of Fatal Crash Near Discovery Bay: KCRA 3 News