Deborah Pearson, 51 and her granddaughter Delaney Pearson, 4 were killed on Aug. 23 in a Victorville auto accident triggered by a wrong-way driver suspected of driving under the influence on the 15 Freeway. According to an article in the Orange County Register, 27-year-old Jason Morgan of Victorville was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup south on the northbound side of the freeway when an oncoming motorist driving a 2008 Pontiac swerved to avoid him and struck the center guardrail, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Morgan then struck a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV head-on and then a 1999 Toyota. Ryan Pearson, 27, driver of the Hyundai, suffered moderate injuries, but the impact of the crash killed his front passenger, Deborah Pearson and 4-year-old Delaney. Another passenger in the vehicle, two-year-old Regan escaped with minor injuries. Morgan, the wrong-way driver, also suffered severe head injuries, but has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
I offer my deepest condolences to the Pearson family that is grieving the death of their loved ones. Please keep this family in your prayers.
There is no question that Morgan will and should be held civilly and criminally responsible for this horrible auto accident and the resulting injuries, death and loss. I hope Morgan is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that he is also held financially responsible for the loss and hardship he has caused this family.
If Morgan does not have auto insurance or if he does not have sufficient auto accident insurance, then the Pearsons’ uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage will kick in and help compensate them for their injuries and loss. In such car crash cases that are caused by someone’s negligence, victims are entitled to compensation that covers among other things, medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering.
It would be in the Pearsons’ best interest to retain the services of an experienced California auto accident attorney who will help protect their legal rights and secure them the compensation they rightfully deserve.