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Encino Rear-End Car Crash Kills Two

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Farzad Etesamifar, 25, of Reseda and 23-year-old Sepehr Keshavarz of Iran were killed in an Encino traffic accident at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Densmore Avenue, according to a recent article in the Los Angeles Daily News.

Sean Mishlof, a 24-year-old man from Northridge was driving a Mercury Mystique and hit the two men while they were stopped at a red light in their Nissan Sentra. Mishlof has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and has been charged with DUI and murder.

My heartfelt condolences are with the families of Mr. Etesamifar and Mr. Keshavarz – so young and with so many years ahead of them. The Los Angeles police are good at getting to the bottom of fatality auto accidents. I trust that if Mishlof was driving while intoxicated and caused this accident, he’ll be doing some serious jail time.

Mishlof doing jail time will not bring back the lost lives or compensate the families for their losses. No amount of money can compensate for the loss of a life. If Etesamifar or Keshavarz had children, spouses or parents that they supported, their families would be well within their rights to seek financial compensation from Mishlof for the losses. Their heirs have substantial rights to compensation, even if they were not being supported.

Mishlof’s insurance and assets are unlikely to be enough to cover the damages suffered in this accident. Therefore it is essential that the families consult with attorneys who are skilled in discovering if there are other causes for this accident and the fatalities.

Was there another vehicle involved? Was Mishlof working for someone or running an errand for someone at the time of the accident? Was there a dangerous roadway condition, debris on the roadway or some defect in one of the involved automobiles that contributed to either causing the accident or the severity of the injuries? Before a case can be properly evaluated, these questions and many more must be answered.

Injuries sustained in a DUI car accident receive higher jury awards than similar injuries in a non-DUI car accident. The best attorneys know this and will use it to their advantage to negotiate a higher settlement for the families of the accident victims.

Keep in mind that if Etesamifar or Keshavarz were covered by their own or a family members auto insurance, they likely have both uninsured motorist insurance coverage as well as under insured motorist coverage. Additionally, while there is a two-year statute of limitation for auto accident injury cases in California, any claim against a governmental agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident.

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  • saba

    i am from iran and so sorry for this crash

  • jdb

    I do not think the 6th paragraph is necessary. Just planting ill advised seeds to an unfortunate event.

  • lana

    i am extremely sorry for the families,i went to see Sepehr’s mother she is in a bad condition so sad and depressed,may god give her strength.

  • sina & mahdi

    sepehr and farzad was my family!

  • thomas

    sean is a great guy that made a mistake. it is uncalled for to furhter ruin his life with prison ontop of the guilt he deals with daily

  • Mr.

    unfortunately there is a loss of life and i empathize with being related to an actual murder 1 victim. murder convicts are psychopathic, sick minded people which is completely opposite of who sean mishlof is. yes give him time, but if you take his life who is the real murderer?

  • Pk

    Its been two years from now since we lost Farzad, he was one of my good friends and classmate in Iran, Rest in Peace my dear friend, we all miss you

  • Anonymous

    im one of both their family,and after passing 3 years i realy sorry for them and for dear their mothers.god bless them!!!we wont forget theme!!

  • AR

    You always be in my heart Farzad. Think of you everyday.

  • violet

    Farzad…you are always in my heart baby, i think about you every moment of my life, i miss you n i lost apart of me.. but im trying to be strong..this is what u wanted me..i know u r with me every time..every where and you help me to make right desitions in my life..i’ll NEVER forget u n i love u forever…..violet

  • Farhad

    My dear friend farzad ..God bless him,He was No1 in kindness and honesty,Best friend

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