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Serious auto accident claims life of 2 children, 2 others

When it comes to fatalities stemming from a car accident, few may be more tragic than those involving the smallest of victims. Two children were recently killed in a serious auto accident on a California roadway. Additionally, two other individuals died while others suffered from injuries stemming from the accident. Police suspect that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.

At around 4:30 p.m., a black vehicle carrying four occupants -- two adult females and two young boys -- was traveling westbound close to Highway 180. At the same time, an eastbound SUV attempted to pass a slower moving vehicle. As the westbound car approached, the SUV failed to slow down or merge back into its own lane.

The black vehicle attempted to slow down and turn in order to avoid a collision, but the SUV ultimately turned in the same direction. The vehicles collided, and three of the passengers in the black vehicle were all pronounced dead at the site of the accident. One of the passengers in the SUV was also killed, while both drivers and an additional SUV passenger suffered injuries from the accident. Authorities suspect that all four people in the black vehicle were related.

After receiving treatment for the injuries he suffered, the driver of the SUV was arrested on charges of homicide and vehicular manslaughter. However, criminal charges may do little to ease the pain and suffering that the family of these victims may be experiencing. In some instances, a wrongful death claim may be the appropriate course of action for a California family who lost a loved one in a serious auto accident. Filed on behalf of a victim’s estate, the successful litigation of such a claim can provide crucial monetary compensation for dealing with the financial aftermath of unexpected funerals and other costs associated with tragic accidents such as this.

Source: fresnobee.com, "4 dead in crash on Highway 180 west of Kerman; DUI suspected", Brianna Vaccari, June 22, 2014

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