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Two Boys Dead, Several Injured in I-15 Crash

Posted on July 17, 2012

1996 Dodge Caravan photographed in USA.

1996 Dodge Caravan photographed in USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A car collision on Sunday, July 15 proved to be fatal for two young boys. While on their way home from a family vacation in Palm Springs, the two boys and their family were involved in a rollover crash on Interstate 15. The two boys, ages 9 and 10, were declared dead on the scene.

The accident happened at approximately 2:30 p.m. A Dodge minivan, driven by Roy Fuffin Jr., had reportedly spun out of control on the freeway and overturned just north of Deer Springs Road after it had collided with a 2008 Scion. Roy Fuffin Jr., 52-years old, suffered minor personal injuries. The driver of the Scion Lisa Wehus, 24-years old, was injured. Her Scion was damaged but she was still able to driver it to the center median after the crash.

Latrelle Pearon, 10, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown out of the vehicle. Xavier Williams, 9, was wearing his seatbelt and was partially ejected. The two children were among the seven passengers inside the 2002 Dodge Caravan leaving Palm Springs on the I-15 South. Both died on the scene when the accident occurred.

The driver of the minivan was taken to Palomar Regional Medical Center and treated for minor injuries. The other four passengers of the Dodge Caravan were also taken to different hospitals since they had attained varying degrees of personal injury.

Witnesses of the accident are asked to come forward so that California Highway Patrol officers will be able to better investigate the scene and the accident. Anyone with information is being asked to contact CHP officials in regards to the crash. The cause of the accident is under investigation since officials are still unsure of what may have caused it. Currently, it is suspected that both cars had attempted a lane change at the same time, causing the two parties to collide into one another. Both vehicles were reported to be going at 70 to 75 mph speeds.

Two of the northbound I-15 lanes were closed for some time after the accident as officers investigated and cleaned up the scene. Traffic was backed up for quite some time before the lanes were reopened.

The identities of the two boys were released on Monday, July 16.

This accident must have left a huge impact on the family. Losing two loved ones is hard to bear and may take significant time to process and accept. The medical bills, extra costs, and car damages may just be one more thing the family has to worry about. If a situation like this or one similar has ever happened to you, know that you can have a team of lawyers ready to assist you in legal matters and prepared to fight for your rights.

If you have ever been personally injured in an accident, or have lost a loved one in a wrongful death, contact a San Diego car accident attorney. Filing a claim against the wrongdoings done to you will help you gain the compensation you deserve during this difficult and trying time.

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