Wrong-way car accident takes life of teen

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.

The 19-year-old was from El Monte. He was killed in a collision with another car, and a 16-year-old passenger was treated at the County-USC Medical Center, according to a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol. Their car, a white Nissan 24DSX, had been hit head-on by a black Honda Accord.

Both cars were going about 75 mph on Westbound 210 Freeway. The driver of the Honda Accord was driving the wrong way, which is why the collision happened. After it did, he fled the scene on foot. Police officers were able to find some identification and catch up with him a few hours later.

That driver, 24, was arrested. He is suspected of having been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. His arrest is based on his complicity in the crash and suspicion of driving under the influence.

The mother of the 19-year-old man killed in the crash is grieving, and angry about what happened. She asks that anyone who sees someone drunk and about to drive to take that person’s keys from him or her. She feels that this will help prevent future tragedies like the one that happened to her son.

In this car accident, one person died and one was injured. The families involved are grieving, and certainly have an interest in addressing the matter in civil court. They can do so with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Source: NBCLosAngeles.com, “Azusa teen killed in unexpected tragedy” Samia Khan and Oleevia Woo, Aug. 09, 2014