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California car accidents: driver, passenger killed in crash

Losing a loved one is always a tragedy. When the losses involve car accidents caused by someone believed to be on drugs, they seem even more devastating. A California woman was recently arrested after a head-on collision that killed two people.

According to the California Highway Patrol, an 83-year-old man was driving his car in Valley Center. A 27-year-old woman driving a sports utility vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the car. The driver of the car and his passenger, an 81-year-old woman from Oceanside, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the SUV was transported to a hospital with major injuries suffered in the crash. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, according to police reports. As investigation of the incident continues, charges are likely pending.

Residents in the area cite speed as a concern in the Valley Center area. The crash site area has a speed limit of 55 mph, though some in the community would prefer it to be lower. The area has two casinos nearby and drunk or other impaired driving poses a potential safety risk.

While nothing can replace the loss of loved ones in similar car accidents, surviving family members may choose to pursue wrongful death litigation when the losses were caused by the negligence of another party. A California personal injury attorney can assist families in the process of filing a lawsuit. A successful outcome can provide families compensation for funeral expenses in addition to other documented items of financial damage.

Source:, "Couple dies in Valley Center crash, suspected drugged driver injured", Abbie Alford, June 27, 2017

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