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Elk Grove Minor Arrested in Fatal Intersection Accident

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June 06, 2024
Edward Smith

Fatal Intersection Accident Occurs on Franklin Boulevard 

An Elk Grove minor was placed under arrest in a fatal intersection accident while he was driving a stolen car. The accident occurred at the intersection of Franklin and Laguna boulevards around, which resulted in the death of 55-year-old Gregg Umipeg. According to a spokesperson for the Elk Grove Police Department, a Toyota Sienna was reported as stolen along Highway 99 close to Grant Line Road around 9:18 p.m. 

Officers Stop Pursuing Stolen Vehicle, but Fatal Intersection Accident Occurs

Officers located the vehicle traveling along the highway and attempted to stop it. A chase ensued. When officers lost sight of the vehicle, they stopped the pursuit when it went into a Laguna Boulevard neighborhood. 

Stolen Vehicle Driver Strike’s Nissan as It Is Making a Turn

The Sienna was going west along Laguna when it struck Umipeg’s Nissan Rogue as he was turning onto Franklin from Laguna. The Sienna experienced a rollover from the impact. Umipeg was given medical aid as well as the juvenile driver. Umipeg died later at a local hospital. 

Police Take Minor Into Custody After Fatal Intersection Accident

The youngster was taken into custody by officers and booked into Juvenile Hall. He is charged wtih evading police, which resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

Accident Fatalities Caused by a Minor

California Civil Code section 1714.1 makes parents or guardians legally responsible for the actions of their minor children if those activities cause harm to another person or in occurrences such as a fatal intersection accident. This means that if a child, for example, breaks a neighbor’s window or injures someone in a collision, the parents or guardians can be held liable and may have to pay for the damages or injuries caused by their child’s actions. The parents are sued for parental negligence, which your lawyer can further explain to you.

Recoverable Damages in Wrongful Death Claims

When a fatal intersection accident is caused by another’s negligence, the surviving spouse and children of the decedent may be entitled to recover various damages. These damages include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses: Costs related to the funeral, burial, or cremation services
  • Loss of income and benefits: The decedent’s projected income and benefits, such as insurance and pensions, up to retirement age
  • Loss of consortium: The surviving spouse can claim damages for the loss of companionship, moral support, and affection
  • Parental guidance and nurturing: The decedent’s children may seek compensation for the loss of parental guidance and nurturing
  • Household assistance: Compensation can be sought for the loss of household services and assistance previously provided by the decedent

Accident attorney Ed Smith highlights what you should know about wrongful death:


Elk Grove Wrongful Death Attorney

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove wrongful death attorney. When negligence results in the death of a loved one, the family may be entitled to file a compensation claim. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury, reach out to our injury lawyers at (916) 694-0002 or (800) 404-5400 for free and friendly advice. Additionally, you can contact us online if that is more convenient for you.

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Photo attribution: Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

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