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California deputy involved in car accident with fatalities

When one thinks of members of the local police force, the words "protect and serve" often come to mind. People count on police officers to protect the community and be safe in their actions while doing so. A recent car accident in California, involving a local sheriff's deputy, seemed to exhibit the exact opposite of what is expected of a police officer.

The sheriff's deputy, while responding to a call, apparently collided with an SUV in an intersection. The SUV, containing four individuals, was supposedly spun around by the force of the accident. Two of the passengers were thrown from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two passengers sustained minor injuries, and it is unknown if they were taken to a hospital for treatment. The officer involved in the accident was treated at a medical facility for moderate injuries.

The investigation into the cause of this incident is still ongoing. The deputy supposedly did not have his lights and/or sirens on at the time of the accident, though not all calls police respond to require them. No other possible contributing factors have been reported.

A car accident that results in fatality will have life-changing effects and can create unnecessary stress to the families these victims leave behind. Loss of a family member, medical expenses, funeral expenses and loss of wages can all take their toll on those left coping with the aftermath. In this case, the victims' families may be able to pursue wrongful death claims against the deputy and/or the sheriff's department. A California civil court, once liability is established, may be able to grant them monetary reimbursement to ease the financial burden they have taken on as a result of the incident.

Source: sanluisobispo.com, PALMDALE, Calif.: LA County deputy in fatal crash didn't use sirens, No author, Dec. 16, 2013

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