Manasseh Marion, 32, of Long Beach and 23-year-old Kaylee Perez of Los Angeles were killed in a wrong-way crash on the 405 Freeway in Long Beach, which also left seven others injured. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the fatal crash occurred early morning on Oct. 31. California Highway Patrol officials said they got a call of a Nissan heading north in the southbound carpool lane of the 405 Freeway.
Fatalities and Multiple Injuries
By the time officers were able to locate the car, it had collided head-on with a driver heading south in the carpool lane. Perez, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle and Marion, who was driving the other car, were killed in the crash. Officials said eight more cars were involved in the pileup because they couldn’t see the wreck due to poor visibility to be able to stop in time. Seven people were taken to area hospitals – two trauma patients and five others with non-life-threatening injuries.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims and wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep everyone who has been affected in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that Perez may have drive her vehicle the wrong way in the carpool lane for quite a distance from Orange County into Long Beach. Officials have not said if Perez was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. But, we suspect that might be the case since it is common for DUI drivers to become disoriented and drive the wrong way. We trust officials are looking into all aspects of this incident to determine precisely what occurred and why.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been factors, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotions distress.
Multi-vehicle accidents can turn into complex cases. If you have been injured in a multi-vehicle accident, it is important that you do not sign waivers or agreements. Talk to an experienced Long Beach car accident lawyer first before you sign any type of paperwork of accept a settlement from your insurance company.