Articles Posted in Wrongful Death

A street race on Mead Valley roads led to a tragic crash injuring a father and killing his two young sons. The wrongful death car accident occurred when two vehicles were racing side-by-side and one of the racing vehicles hit the family’s car.

According to ABC News, the father and his sons were driving westbound around 5:40 p.m. The racing cars, a Honda and Nissan Ultima, were traveling east bound. As they reached the top of a hill, the driver of the Honda allegedly saw the family, “but apparently didn’t have time to react and slammed into the vehicle head-on.” The father and his sons were rushed to the hospital, but the two boys, ages 6 and 8, passed away.  Continue Reading

A young girl from Mission Hills High School in Escondido, Lauren Wolford, tragically died after she was hit by a car while walking on the sidewalk.  According to NBC News, Lauren Wolford, a Senior, was walking to school for dance practice around 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Just blocks from the high school campus, a black BMW left the road and hit her. An employee from the school was the first to respond, however, Lauren was pronounced dead at the scene.

Classmates and teachers have set up a memorial near the crash site, mourning the loss of the teen just weeks away from graduation. The school district released the following statement as the students returned to school after the accident: “There are many, many broken-hearted people at Mission Hills High School today, We will embrace our students as they come and help them get through all the emotion that will be confusing and frightening.”  Continue Reading

A car accident at 108th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard in Inglewood, across from the fire station, has resulted in the deaths of two people, and serious injuries of another. Around 9:25 a.m., on May 10, 2018, a fire fighter working at the station heard the crash and rushed to help. Both cars ignited, engulfing the vehicles in flames.

The Los Angeles Daily News reported that “the firefighter and passersby pulled two people from one of the cars,” but both died at the scene. The driver of the other car was taken to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries.  The accident is under investigation, but reports from the scene suggest that high speeds may have contributed to the accident—the cars ended up 200 feet away from each other after the initial impact.  Continue Reading

According to the Los Angeles Times, a worker died at a Lake Forest construction site while working for Empire Grading on a grading project for tract homes. The worker was killed when a 17-foot-deep trench collapsed.

The accident is still currently under investigation—it is not clear whether the worker fell into the trench or if he was working as a spotter in the trench at the time of the collapse. The fire department arrived at the scene and used an industrial vacuum and buckets to remove to collapsed dirt and find the body.

When a person is killed while working, their family may be able to make a worker’s compensation claim. Most workers are covered by workers compensation for on the job injuries, and if an injury causes death, like in this case, the family members of the person who died may be able to get certain applicable benefits. These benefits provide compensation for surviving dependents when the work injury causes death.  Continue Reading

According to the Los Angeles Times, around 5 p.m. on April 17, 2018, a 52-year old man was killed after he was knocked off his bike and thrown into oncoming traffic.

Lenny Trinh, the victim of this Burbank bicycle accident wrongful death, was riding his bike in the designated bike lane when a driver of a parked car opened the door just as Mr. Trinh rode past. The collision with the door caused Mr. Trinh to fall into the street. The Burbank Police Department reported that Trinh was then hit by a pick-up truck traveling on Alameda Avenue.

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ABC 7 News reported that an 18-year-old girl is dead and a 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after the driver of the car they were riding in lost control while on their way to the Coachella music festival.

According to the report, the wrongful death car accident occurred early in the morning, just after 4 a.m. The three were travelling from San Diego to the concert in a 2009 BMW 328i and were on the freeway in Banning when the accident happened. It appears the young driver, a 21-year-old male, “drifted onto the dirt shoulder at a high rate of speed. The driver lost control as he tried to steer the sedan back into lanes, then went over the embankment and struck two trees.”  Continue Reading

A 51-year-old man from Hacienda Heights was killed when he collided with an SUV in Industry, California. The motorcyclist was driving east when a Nissan Rogue, heading west, made a left-hand turn. The car and motorcycle crashed, and the motorcyclist was thrown from his motorcycle.

According to the Whittier Daily News, the motorcyclist died at the scene from blunt force injuries. The driver of the car was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. As of now, the motorcyclist’s death has been ruled an accident.  The cause of the crash—determining if it was the motorcyclist or the car driver that was at fault—is still under investigation.  Continue Reading

A Hawthorne driver, Jose Padilla, and his passenger, were killed in a Gardena car accident on Wednesday evening. CBS Los Angeles reported that Mr. Padilla was driving a Chevrolet Corvette when it jumped the curb, hit a power pole, and struck a Gardena building.

Immediately after the crash the Corvette caught fire leaving the car completely mangled. Mr. Padilla was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after being ejected from the car. A witness of the accident stated that he and others attempted to save the two men, but the fire caused explosions forcing those trying to help away from the car. It appears both men died on impact, not from the fire.  Continue Reading

A 15-year-old Tarzana boy, and biking enthusiast, Sebastian Montero, was tragically killed when he was struck by a car while riding his bike in Woodland Hills, California. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the Woodland Hills bicycle accident occurred when Montero was riding his bike with a friend on Easter morning. He followed his friend through an intersection when a white 2018 Infiniti entered the intersection and hit Montero, sending him flying into the car’s windshield.

The young boy was rushed to the hospital reportedly suffering from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead just a short time later. The driver was a 31-year-old Tarzana man. The driver stopped after the accident and the police determined that he was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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According to the Orange County Register, a male pedestrian was killed while walking on the sidewalk in Tustin, California when a BMW jumped the curb and hit him. The Tustin pedestrian accident occurred around 7:00 am near Newport Avenue and the I-5 freeway.

Police are still investigating to determine exactly what caused the driver of the BMW to leave the road and cause the wrongful death of the pedestrian. The Tustin police reported that the driver lost control of the vehicle, jumping the curb and striking a retaining wall, then hitting the pedestrian. At this time, police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved in this Tustin wrongful death accident.

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