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Serious auto accident leaves California family dead

An unfortunate incident on a freeway resulted in the deaths of three people. The serious auto accident was made even more newsworthy by the fact that it was caused by a police officer alleged to be under the influence of alcohol. The California freeway incident affected three cars total and left several victims in its wake. 

On Sept. 26, an off-duty police officer was alleged to have been speeding in the carpool lane. He rear-ended a car carrying two parents and their son in that lane, and he also rear-ended another vehicle in the neighboring lane. The first car burst into flames and the family was trapped inside. They were not freed from the car in time to save their lives and were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the other struck car complained of pain, and it was not known whether she was transferred to the hospital or not. The alleged drunk driver, the police officer, experienced a broken nose as a result of the accident. The LAPD have made a statement condemning the actions of their fellow officer, and expressing shock and sympathy to the affected individuals. 

A serious auto accident such as this one is especially tragic when an entire family loses their lives. If the driver is in fact deemed responsible, he will be subject to paying punitive damages for the wrongful death of the family and the injuries to the other driver. In California, individuals affected by the negligence of drivers have the right to seek out an attorney for help in building a wrongful death or personal injury case. 

Source:, "LAPD officer suspected in DUI crash on 605 Freeway, leaving 3 dead", Ruby Gonzales, Sept. 27, 2017

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