Fatal motorcycle accident: A speeding motorcyclist who was fleeing from police in Long Beach crashed into a minivan Monday. The motorcyclist and the driver of the van were killed in the accident.
• A CHP officer tried to pull over a speeding motorcyclist on the freeway.
• The motorcyclist fled the officer, exiting the freeway at about 100 mph.
• The motorcycle crashed into a minivan, killing the driver and himself.
California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said another CHP officer tried to pull over a speeding motorcyclist who was traveling at more than 100 mph on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway.
The speeding motorcyclist did not stop, Posada said. Instead, he exited the freeway at Spring Street and eventually slammed into a minivan driven by 65-year-old Marianne Krone, of La Palma.
The high-speed impact caused the van to flip and roll several times, killing the driver.
The motorcycle burst into flames. The motorcylist — later identified as 23-year-old Frank Aldana Escalante, of Lakewood — also died at the scene.
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.