Tragedy recently struck a Southern California family when a crash on the southbound 110 freeway in Los Angeles killed a 3-year-old boy and his unborn sibling.
The 25-year-old woman, who was seven months pregnant, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo at night. Her sons, ages 5 and 3, were in the back seat. She pulled the Aveo over to the shoulder of the freeway near the 76th Street exit, but the California Highway Patrol (CHP) wasn’t sure why.
In their report of the fataility, CHP reported that the driver of a 2018 German-model SUV made an “unsafe turning movement” from the No. 5 lane and wound up in the right shoulder. The SUV hit the freeway sound wall and then crashed into the back of the Aveo.
The younger boy was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma. The 5-year-old child was admitted with moderate injuries, the CHP said. The mother also was transported to the hospital, and the CHP said she learned there that her unborn child did not survive the crash.
The SUV driver, whom the CHP reported lives in Torrance, told officers mechanical problems forced the “unsafe turning movement.” The man said he had pain and was taken to the hospital, as was his wife, who was traveling in the SUV with him. She was diagnosed with a fractured hip, officials said.
The man did not appear to have been drinking, CHP investigators said.
It will be interesting to learn what caused this tragic accident. It does seem, however, that either the male driver or the auto manufacturer could be liable for the accident. The driver’s actions could be deemed negligent, or if the newer SUV did indeed have some sort of malfunction, the company could bear responsibility.
Nothing will bring back the woman’s son or unborn child, and she now faces the cost of both immediate and ongoing medical care for herself and her 5-year-old, as well as funeral expenses for her children. An attorney with experience in such cases could advise her about her next step.