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California car accidents: Baseball player killed in crash

Losing a loved one is a devastating experience for California residents and others around the country. It is particularly tragic when car accidents involving senseless acts claim the lives of innocent people. A recent car chase turned deadly when a young man died after being injured in a hit-and-run crash.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, a 28-year-old man was driving a sedan and reportedly crashed into a sport utility vehicle driven by a 21-year-old man. The driver of the sedan allegedly fled the scene of the accident, followed by the SUV driver. Both drivers then ran a red light and crashed into a minivan that was making a left turn.

The 47-year-old driver of the minivan was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The minivan driver's son, a 16-year-old boy who played baseball for a local high school, was killed in the collision. The baseball coach at the high school told reporters that the boy and his father had just come from a family post-game dinner when the accident happened.

The sedan and SUV drivers have been charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving on a highway causing injuries and death. Additional charges include felony counts of hit-and-run driving and driving when privileges have been suspended or revoked, according to prosecutors. The sedan driver fled the scene of the second collision, while the SUV driver remained at the accident site. The men face 9 to 12 years in state prison, if convicted of the charges.

When similar car accidents occur, California families often pursue wrongful death litigation. While a loved one can never be replaced, a successful lawsuit can provide compensation to surviving family members to help cover the costs of a funeral and to ease the survivors' pain and suffering. An experienced personal injury attorney can navigate the legal process and work toward achieving a favorable outcome in the lawsuit.

Source: ktla.com, "2 Drivers Charged in Crash That Killed 16-Year-Old Torrance Baseball Player: DA's Office", Tracy Bloom, May 11, 2017

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