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Intoxication suspected in fatal California motorcycle accident

The potential consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol are well-known. Unfortunately, people continue to drink and drive despite this knowledge. Police in California are investigating a recent motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of life in which alcohol is suspected.

The incident happened just before 1 a.m. on a day in late April. Police believe that a motorcycle driven by a 27-year-old man was speeding when it struck the rear of another vehicle. Both the driver of the motorcycle and his 20-year-old female passenger were ejected as a result of the collision.

While the driver suffered moderate injuries, his passenger is believed to have been struck by more than one vehicle. She died as a result. Ultimately, the collision involved six vehicles, including a sedan that caught on fire after it struck the motorcycle that was lying in the road, blocking traffic. The motorcyclist faces multiple charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Police also say he did not have the appropriate license to drive a motorcycle.

No family should ever have to plan the funeral of a loved one because of drunk driving. Unfortunately, poor decisions often mean that families are forced to face these tragic circumstances. As a result of the motorcycle accident, the young California victim's surviving loved ones have options, including filing a wrongful death lawsuit. While a successfully presented case will likely do little to lessen the blow of her unexpected and tragic death, it may allow them to manage the financial consequences of their loss, allowing them to focus on their recovery.

Source:, "Northridge motorcycle passenger killed after she's ejected and hit by car on northbound 101 Freeway in Encino", Wes Woods, April 27, 2017

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