A recent car crash has claimed the life of a California man. While the full details of the incident have not yet been released, there are indications that this crash may differ from the majority of California car accidents in that it may have involved one driver who was not at optimal mental capacity. Reports state that an elderly man, said to be 81 years old, who may have caused the multi-vehicle crash had been reported as a missing person. While there is no additional information available concerning the nature of that report, one possible explanation is that he may suffer from a form of dementia or other maladies that could have led his family to report him as missing.
Early reports indicate that the 31-year-old man who died in the wreck was driving northbound on Highway 25 in the early morning hours of a recent Friday. An elderly Saratoga resident was apparently driving southbound on the highway when he crossed into oncoming traffic. At that time, he encountered several vehicles.
He crashed into at least two vehicles. In addition, it is reported that all three northbound vehicles crashed into a bridge abutment as they attempted to avoid colliding with the elderly driver's vehicle. The 31-year-old driver died at the scene of the accident; his passenger was flown to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. The drivers of the other two vehicles were not injured in the crash. It is unclear whether the elderly driver sustained injuries in the incident.
As with the immediate aftermath of all California car accidents, this incident is still under investigation. Police have stated that alcohol does not appear to be a factor. As the investigation moves forward, authorities may be able to determine which party was responsible for the accident. If and when the family of the man who lost his life in this crash decides to move forward with a wrongful death suit against the responsible party, evidence revealed in the investigation may come into play in a civil case. A wrongful death lawsuit is viable when the negligent actions of one party prove fatal to another.
Source: Gilroy Dispatch, "Update: Gilroy man died in car wreck on Hwy. 25," Carly Gelsinger, Sept. 19, 2012