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Hawthorne Driver and Passenger Killed When Corvette Hits Building

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. 

Initially officers believed that the corvette crash may have been a result of street racing, but it was later proved that other cars were not involved. However, police do believe that speed was definitely a cause of the accident.

In a case like this, the family of the passenger in this Hawthorne wrongful death accident should get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can assist the family in filing a wrongful death claim. By filing a wrongful death claim, the family can recover damages from the driver’s estate as well as damages from the driver’s insurance company.

When you lose someone you love, life gets turned upside down. Our attorneys understand how difficult this situation can be. Our skilled wrongful death attorneys can take over investigating the details of your case to help you get the compensation you deserve. Reach out to our office today for a free consultation. Call us at 866-465-8792 or e-mail us at

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