One driver was killed and another hospitalized with serious injuries Wednesday night after a head-on collision on Pacific Coast Highway near Newport Beach.
• A driver was speeding and lost control of his car on Pacific Coast Highway.
• The car veered into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle.
• The driver of the speeding car died at the scene. The other driver was hospitalized with major injuries.
Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz said 24-year-old Duy Nguyen of Santa Ana was driving a red Honda at high speed when he lost control of his vehicle.
The Honda crossed the double yellow lines and veered into oncoming traffic near El Morro Elementary School and Reef Point Drive, where it slammed into an oncoming black Aston Martin.
Nguyen died at the scene, according to Schulz. The driver of the Aston Martin suffered major injuries and was transported to a trauma center.
Newport Beach Fire Department, Newport Beach Police Department, Laguna Beach Police Department, state parks officials and the California Highway Patrol responded to the crash, Schulz said. The CHP assumed the investigation because the accident occurred outside of the city limits.
What happens when the driver who is at fault dies in the accident?
Sometimes in a serious accident the individual who caused the crash suffers fatal injuries. Can the innocent victim still make a claim?
The answer is yes. The case survives even when the wrongdoer doesn’t. The insurance carrier for the car that the wrongdoer was driving remains liable for damages. If that policy does not have enough coverage, additional compensation may be sought via Underinsured Motorist coverage from the insurance carrier for the vehicle in which the innocent victim was a driver or passenger.
If a lawsuit is necessary, it would be filed against the estate of the wrongdoer. If there is no estate, then the injured party can force an estate to be set up to handle the lawsuit.
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