Two people are dead following a devastating fatal accident. Both a California police officer and an SUV driver were killed in the wreck, and the man believed to have caused the collision was injured and is apparently cooperating with police. Although the driver has not been arrested, criminal charges are not uncommon in these types of motor vehicle accidents.
The police officer had initiated a traffic stop on the westbound side of I-80 just prior to the accident, although it is not clear if he had yet exited his vehicle to walk to the driver's window. For some reason, a pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed veered out of its lane and onto the shoulder where it struck both the officer's vehicle and the other car. Both the officer and the other driver were taken to the hospital, but later pronounced dead.
The pickup truck driver survived the wreck but with injuries. At last update he was receiving treatment at a local hospital, where police are questioning him further about the accident. They are still unsure how fast he was driving at the time of the wreck, but believe that it was well-above the posted speed limit.
California families who lose loved ones in deadly motor vehicle accidents often feel lost afterwards. On top of the grief a family member's death and the unexpected funeral expenses, the emotional trauma can be overwhelming. There is hope, though. Successfully pursued wrongful death suits can achieve just compensation on behalf of the deceased's estate, which can address the financial side of damages.