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One Dead and One Injured in Car Collision

Posted on July 16, 2012

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On Sunday afternoon, a grave accident took place which caused both personal injury and wrongful death. The victim and the families of the people involved must be going through a horrific and traumatizing time in the aftermath of the incident. These types of situations showcase how one seemingly normal afternoon can quickly turn tragic.

An automobile collision occurred on Sunday, July 15 near Highway 101 at 5:30 p.m. The crash started when a 60-year old driver lost control while going up a Northbound off ramp at a very fast speed. Upon losing control, the man’s 1998 Infinity vehicle hit a dirt embankment and then became airborne. Then, the Infinity hit the side of a 1999 Oldsmobile, creating an impact on both cars.

The male driver of the Infinity, who is of Guadalupe origin, was declared dead on the scene. The driver of the 1999 Oldsmobile, a 46-year old woman from Arroyo Grande, was injured when her vehicle overturned. She was rushed to Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria after she was trapped in the wreckage of her car and had to be freed by firefighters.

The crash happened near Orcutt. The female driver of the Oldsmobile was driving east on Clark when the male driver lost control of his Infinity on the Northbound ramp and accidentally slammed his car into the Oldsmobile. After the collision happened, a man in a commercial truck tried to help the female driver by using rope to stabilize her vehicle. Soon, firefighters and officers arrived at the scene to help out the victim.

Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to rescue the woman from the car wreck. She is facing personal injury, none of which are life-threatening.

The Clark Avenue off ramp was closed for more than two hours after the accident. California Highway Patrol is still currently investigating the car accident. Neither names of the two people involved have been released.

Out on the roads, it is difficult to predict when accidents will happen. Careless driving is often the case for car accidents and it is the victims of these accidents who have to unfairly pay the price. Personal injury is one outcome of a car collision; wrongful death is another but more grievous and upsetting. For the people involved in these kinds of tragedies, it may prove hard to overcome the aftermath of such a terrible accident. Many families are paralyzed when it comes to figuring out what to do next. The grief and acceptance of a lost loved one may become too hard to bear.

If you have been involved in a car accident, have received personal injury, or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death accident, you have a right to file a claim. Consult with a Los Angeles car accident attorney and see what your options are in overcoming this tragedy.

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