The recent killing of a 32-year-old woman in San Francisco, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant who had been convicted of seven prior felonies and deported five times from the United States -- but who was staying in the city under its "sanctuary" policy -- has many people looking in different directions to decide who other than the accused killer may have been responsible for his being free at the time of the murder, despite an apparent request to the city by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be notified upon his release from jail in San Francisco, a request that the city rejected.
Wrongful death claims in California can lead to confusion in a number of ways. Most people, when they contemplate filing a lawsuit based on a physical injury, think in terms of injury to themselves; but a wrongful death claim relates to injuries suffered by someone else. Furthermore, it can be challenging to understand how a wrongful death lawsuit can be proven in court when the person directly involved -- the decedent -- is unavailable to testify. Finally, questions can arise as to who is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit, especially given the changing nature of family relationships. What happens if the decedent has no immediate surviving family? Can ex-spouses or children born out of wedlock qualify as plaintiffs?
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, Bruce Jenner was the driver of one of four vehicles involved in a multiple-vehicle fatal car accident that happened on Feb. 7. The accident reportedly occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway near Coral Canyon road just after 12 p.m.
A 47-year-old pedestrian died in an accident in Irvine on Dec. 10. The accident reportedly occurred in front of a high school on Bryan Avenue. According to police, the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
The California Highway Patrol reported that a 24-year-old man was killed in a crash on Interstate 80 in Roseville in the morning hours of Nov. 1. Another man sustained injuries in the crash. Both individuals were passengers in a vehicle when the driver reportedly collided with a tree while trying to avoid a car that had stalled in the road. The driver was employed by a ridesharing service.
Any loss of innocent human life is tragic. That tragedy is underlined when those who die are very young and had their whole lives before them. In those cases, the image of future days unlived makes the fatality all the sadder. This was the case recently when a well-respected, 19-year-old man was killed in a car accident in Azusa, California.
Air shows are extremely popular nationwide. Entire families turn out to see planes perform maneuvers at relatively close range. It can be an amazing experience for all involved and often engenders even greater respect for the members of the military performing in the shows. Unfortunately, one air show resulted in a veteran stunt pilot getting killed and the family filing a wrongful death claim.
An almost untenable accident occurred in Riverside only two days prior to Father's Day. A car accident claimed the life of a former associate of high rank with the defense department of Laos who assisted American forces during the Vietnam War.
Police officers often face situations in which they're confronted with decisions abiout using deadly force. If one of those decisions results in a fatality, their judgment may be questioned and they may even be faced with a wrongful death claim. That happened with a former BART officer who fatally shot a 22-year-old on New Year's Day 2009. The former officer gave testimony with regard to the shooting in a federal court on Wednesday.
The widow of a man who reportedly died outside of a California Veterans Administration hospital is suing the federal government, claiming that her husband was beaten to death by police. The wrongful death claim relates to an incident that occurred in May 2011, after the man was reportedly brutalized by police working at the VA facility in Loma Linda.