Any time a fatal car crash occurs there are lingering questions about what happened and why and what could have been done to prevent it. Many of these questions are still in the air over a crash that took place this week in southern California that involved seven cars and lead to one death. Police say that both drunk driving and speed were likely to have been factors in causing the crash, but that they have not made an arrest yet.
A judge’s discretion in forgoing jail time for a teenage drunk driver who killed four people is being called into question in the national press this week. The case involves a 16-year-old who apparently stole beer from a local store and then drove drunk, eventually crashing into a distressed vehicle and several bystanders who had stopped to render aid. The 16-year-old was sentenced to rehabilitation and probation, but no time behind bars, after successfully arguing that he did not appreciate the connection between his actions and consequences due to a psychological condition called “affluenza”.
Breaking down on the Interstate or getting into a single-vehicle crash often requires drivers to get out of their vehicles near where traffic is moving. This poses obvious dangers that can result in tragedy. Sadly, a 32-year-old California man died recently, the apparent victim of a hit-and-run after he was involved in a single auto accident. As police continue their investigation into the incident, the loved ones of the decedent are likely hoping that the driver who struck him is found.