Halloween, for many families in the United States, is a time of fun and family togetherness. Unfortunately, it turned into tragedy for one family in California, allegedly because of the actions of a driver who was under the influence. In what could ultimately result in a wrongful death lawsuit, police say that three family members were killed.
The incident happened around 10 p.m. Reports indicate that a 3-year-old boy and his parents were walking on a sidewalk when they were “run down” by a sports utility vehicle driven by a 20-year-old man. All three victims were taken to the hospital.
Unfortunately, all three have since passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision; the mother, the last surviving victim, was taken off life support days after the accident occurred. Reports indicate that the driver of the vehicle that allegedly struck the family was under the influence of alcohol. He was detained and now faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI.
Those who knew the California family indicated that they had a plan for the future; the father was working while studying for medical school. Unfortunately, those plans have come to an immediate stop. Now surviving family members are left to cope with the unexpected, preventable deaths. To ensure that the driver is held fully responsible, surviving family members may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If successfully presented, they could receive a financial award that will help ensure they are able to cope with the financial ramifications of the loss.