On May 9, 2017, a Highland crash tragically killed four members of the same family, including a girl and two boys. An adult in a second car was critically injured. Around 2:24 pm, at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Cypress Street, two cars collided. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a gold Ford Taurus collided with a silver Acura TL. The crash caused the Taurus to roll over onto its roof and catch fire. It eventually became completely swallowed up by the flames.
ABC7 reported that, according to a witness, the Acura driver was trying to turn left when it was hit by the Taurus. The Sheriff’s investigators said that three Ford passengers died at the scene of the accident, while a fourth person escaped the burning vehicle but later died at the hospital. The Acura driver was hospitalized in critical condition.
A relative said that the deceased included an 83-year-old grandfather, a teenager, and two children, ages 7 and 8. She said that the children had just been picked up from school and were on their way home. The San Bernardino wrongful death accident is currently being investigated by the Major Accident Investigation Team at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
If the investigators find that the crash was caused by the negligence of one of the drivers, the victims’ family could make a wrongful death claim against the negligent driver’s insurance company. The family of the victims should first consult with an experienced California wrongful death lawyer, who would be able to advise them on their right to pursue compensation for the death of their loved ones.
We are very sorry to hear about this tragic loss of life and we will continue to do our best to help the families of victims of accidents just like this one.