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California car accidents: 1 jogger dead, 1 injured after crash

Joggers frequently take advantage of the beautiful California weather as they run outdoors. Many runners jog on the roadways, sharing the space with numerous drivers. While the majority of runners and drivers operate safely together, car accidents can occur. A recent collision claimed the life of one jogger and left another with serious injuries.

The San Diego Sheriff's Department reported that two joggers were running one evening in Vista. According to reports, a driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle. The SUV, that had been traveling at a high rate of speed, jumped a curb and headed directly toward where the joggers were running on the sidewalk. The vehicle struck both runners before hitting a light pole.

A 40-year-old man was killed after he was struck. A 34-year-old woman was transported to a nearby hospital after the crash with serious injuries. The SUV flipped over onto its roof and left debris all over the road after the impact. It was necessary for emergency personnel to extract the driver from the wreckage. The driver was also taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police report that alcohol was thought to be a factor in the accident. The driver is suspected of driving under the influence. The crash continues to be investigated by authorities.

When drunk driving is a factor in California car accidents, many residents decide to pursue legal action. Victims who survive an accident may file a personal injury claim, while the surviving family members of fatal accident victims could pursue wrongful death litigation. Successful outcomes from lawsuits may provide plaintiffs with compensation to help them with unforeseen expenses from the hospital, rehabilitation facilities and/or a funeral. An experienced personal injury attorney will work with clients to achieve favorable outcomes in their cases.

Source: NBC San Diego, "DUI Suspect Hits 2 Joggers in Vista, Killing 1", June 2, 2017

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