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One Killed, Four Injured in Ventura County Wrong-Way Crash


A 62-year-old woman was killed in a two-car crash on Pacific Coast Highway in Ventura County.

According to a KTLA news report, the fatal crash occurred on Pacific Coast Highway north of Deer Creek Road on the afternoon of Sept. 11. California Highway Patrol officials said a Los Angeles resident was driving a 2017 Honda HRV northbound on PCH when a 2001 Jeep Wrangler traveling south crossed into oncoming traffic.

Ongoing Investigation

The two vehicles collided head-on and the driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. Police don’t know why the Jeep crossed the double yellow centerlines. Two passengers in the Honda – a 90-year-old Santa Monica woman and a 65-year-old Los Angeles woman – were transported to a local hospital with major injuries, CHP officials said.

The Jeep’s 39-year-old driver and 34-year-old passenger were also taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The passenger had suffered major injuries and the driver’s injuries were characterized as “moderate.” No arrests were made pending an official investigation.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim. We also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep all who were affected in your thoughts and prayers.

Causes and Compensation Issues

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Jeep crossed over the solid double yellow lines and crashed head-on into the Honda, which was traveling in an opposing lane of traffic. California Vehicle Code section 21651 (a): “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”

There are still a number of unanswered questions here. Why did the driver of the Jeep cross the double yellow lines? Was he impaired, distracted or drowsy at the time? Did he lose control of the vehicle because of excessive speed? We trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine precisely who caused this fatal crash.

In such cases, injured victims and families of deceased victims may be entitled to receive compensation for their tremendous losses. An experienced Ventura County car accident lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families seek justice and fair compensation for their losses.



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