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Californa car accidents: Boy killed by alleged drunk driver

Southern California has a wonderful climate that lends itself to numerous outdoor activities. While residents participate in a variety of recreational activities, many simply choose to walk to their chosen destinations rather than use a vehicle for transportation. Unfortunately, car accidents sometimes claim the lives of those walking near roadways. A recent crash resulted in the death of a young Los Angeles County pedestrian.

A 15-year-old boy was crossing the street with two relatives in Lancaster, according to his mother. A driver apparently lost control of a vehicle and began to overturn, per reports from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Reports state that the car flipped multiple times and hit the boy.

Police officers say that the driver had previously veered around traffic that had stopped for pedestrians. The car rolled over after hitting an embankment, then struck the boy. The driver of the car reportedly suffered significant injuries in the collision. The teenager was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver has not been identified by the police. However, officers believe that alcohol was a factor in the incident. At the time of the report, it was unclear if the driver remained in police custody.

Losing a loved one is a devastating event, especially when the loss occurred from someone's seemingly reckless actions. Families that have experienced similar losses in car accidents may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties believed responsible. A successful lawsuit can help survivors pay for funeral expenses and compensate them for other damages, such as loss of companionship, loss of future earning, pain and suffering. A California personal injury attorney can assist families with the process of filing a wrongful death claim.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "15-year-old pedestrian killed in front of family after suspected drunken driver loses control", Joseph Serna, May 19, 2017

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