A 53-year-old high school teacher from Pleasant Valley, California, died in a tragic head-on car accident last week. The incident happened on a Sunday at approximately 5 p.m., along Highway 32, just outside of Chico.
The California Highway Patrol says that the teacher died after an oncoming vehicle entered the opposing lane of traffic while trying to pass other cars. Unfortunately, even though both motorists attempted to navigate around one another, there was insufficient space to avoid the collision.
The high school teacher was driving with two passengers, his 16-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son. Both suffered serious injuries and were rushed to University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and Enloe Medical Center in Chico. The 24-year-old wrong-way driver also suffered serious injuries. He had a dislocated elbow and hip and broke his leg. He was also treated at Enloe.
According to authorities, they are still investigating how the accident may have occurred and had yet to rule out drugs or alcohol. At this time, authorities have yet to file any charges against the wrong-way driver, nor have they made any arrests relating to the incident.
The principal from the teacher’s school said kind words about the man, reflecting that he was skilled at finding the good and making it better. He also said that he was shocked by the news and felt that the teacher’s death wasn’t fair.
When California residents die unfairly due to a negligent or unlawful driver, the deceased person’s community and family will be left in shock and deep emotional turmoil. One way of dealing with this turmoil could be the pursuit of justice and restitution by holding the at-fault driver accountable in a wrongful death claim. Although no amount of litigation will ever reverse such a wrong, a successfully navigated personal injury lawsuit could help family members obtain some level of closure regarding the loss of their loved one.
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record, “Pleasant Valley High teacher Brett Silva killed in head-on crash,” Andre Byik, Jan. 23, 2017