Wrong-way driver killed in 3-car accident

A 41-year-old California man died in a car accident at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 10. The collision took place in unincorporated Sonoma County while the decedent was traveling in the opposite direction of traffic. It is unclear why the man was driving the wrong way, but California Highway Patrol said that alcohol and drugs were not immediately ruled out as possible factors in the crash.

The decedent had been driving eastbound in the westbound lane of Alexander Valley Road. The man was going 55 mph in his Honda Accord when he encountered a westbound GMC Yukon. The driver of the Yukon managed to avoid a head-on collision by swerving out of the way but still sideswiped the Honda. After the initial collision, a westbound Kia that was behind the Yukon collided head-on with the Honda.

The head-on collision killed the Honda driver, and the 41-year-old female Kia driver sustained major injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. She was transported to Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital for treatment. The Yukon driver did not suffer any injuries in the accident, though his vehicle had major damage. The other two vehicles also had major damage.

A person who is injured in a car accident that is caused by the negligence of another motorist may want to have legal assistance in seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses. If the negligent driver was killed in the accident, a personal injury lawsuit could proceed against the motorist's estate.

Source: Healdsburg Patch, "Man Killed In 3-Car Crash Near Healdsburg Identified," Aug. 11, 2016

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