At about 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, a driver was killed and his two passengers were injured in a crash on the 10 Freeway, reported the Los Angeles Times. While speeding westbound in a 2001 Mustang, the driver lost control and collided with a metal guardrail, the impact sending the vehicle up an embankment and into a concrete wall, which caused it to burst into flames. The two passengers exited the vehicle before a 2008 Audi and another car struck it. The driver of the Mustang was pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers sustained minor to moderate trauma. The drivers of the other vehicles were not hurt. Authorities suspect alcohol contributed to the crash and are investigating.
Throughout Santa Monica, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 769 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked Santa Monica 2nd out of 103 cities with populations of a similar size for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes in a ranking system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 71 of the crashes.
After an accident, those who were injured or who lost loved ones have recourse through the civil claims process. For more information about the rights of accident victims, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the driver who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the passengers who were injured.