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.
A California construction worker is dead after falling from a bridge over the 91 Freeway on May 18. The man reportedly fell during the early morning hours as he was participating in demolition activities. Official reports show that the preventable death occurred when a portion of the railroad bridge buckled from beneath the 59-year-old victim. The accident caused traffic to be obstructed in both directions on that road for several hours in the Riverside area.
Famous actor Paul Walker and his friend died in a fiery wreck in November 2013. Now, the other man's wife is seeking financial compensation from Porsche, claiming that design flaws in his vehicle caused the pair to perish in the tragic crash. The woman is seeking compensation through a wrongful death suit against the high-end automaker. The victim in this case was reportedly a trained race car driver who would have known how to handle such a powerful vehicle; the Porsche model is designed to reach speeds of more than 200 mph.
Family members of a 27-year-old woman who was struck by a legislator's aide in December are pursuing legal action against the politician's office. Official reports show that the relatives are attempting to link California Rep. Lois Capps to the accident, as it appears that her staffer was working for her in an official capacity on the night that he struck the victim and then fled the scene of the crime. If that is true, then the federal government could be held liable in the wrongful death case, as could the driver and the congresswoman herself.