Media outlets report that this Wednesday morning two young girls and their mother were killed in a severe collision with another vehicle. The woman and her daughters were traveling southbound on Highland Avenue when the driver of a silver Infiniti SUV veered into them from a northbound lane. The impact forced the minivan onto the sidewalk and into a street pole. The crash occurred just at the intersection of Highland and Willoughby avenues.
Initial updates from police suggest that the 40-year-old male driver of the SUV was not driving under the influence or drugs or alcohol, but may have been speeding. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The human loss in this accident is staggering. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this young woman and her children.
The violent damage to the vehicles involved certainly suggest that the Infinity was traveling very fast at the time of the collision. The posted speed limit along Highland Avenue is 35 miles per hour. The road is a major thoroughfare in Los Angeles, and its two lanes in each direction see a large amount of traffic every day. The congestion and frequent traffic lights make speeding difficult, barring extremely reckless or negligent driving. From our experience with investigating auto accidents on behalf of our clients, it is likely that the driver of the SUV was traveling much faster than the posted speed limit.
The Los Angeles Police Department is still investigating the circumstances that led to this fatal accident. Recklessness, distracted driving, or illness may have caused today’s crash. If you witnessed the incident, we urge you to contact the LAPD to aid in their investigation.
As personal injury attorneys, we serve clients who have been the victims of someone’s negligence. If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, please do not hesitate to call for a free consultation. Call Bergener Mirejovsky at 1-800-881-2021 or complete our online contact form.