Jessica Lopez Rojas, 18, was killed and a 17-year-old passenger was seriously injured in a Los Angeles car accident the morning of June 26, 2010. According to a news report in the Pasadena Star-News, the fatal car accident occurred on the eastbound 10 Freeway west of Del Mar Avenue in Rosemead. California Highway Patrol officials say Rojas was driving a 1999 Honda Civic at an unknown speed when the car drifted toward the right side of the road and hit a steel barrier. Rojas died at the scene, while the boy who was her passenger, was transported to an area hospital with major injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused this crash. Anyone who saw this accident is asked to contact CHP officers at 323-980-4600.
I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved Jessica Lopez Rojas for their tragic and devastating loss. I also wish the 17-year-old boy the very best for a speedy and complete recovery from his major injuries. Please keep these injured victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were four deaths and 179 injuries involving car accidents in Rosemead in 2008. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 667 people died and 52,229 were injured as a result of car accidents during the same year.
This news report does not offer much information in terms of how or why this tragic car accident occurred. There is no mention of whether drugs, alcohol or fatigue played a part in this incident. There are several unanswered questions still. Why did Rojas lose control of the Honda? Was there a vehicle defect or mechanical malfunction in the vehicle? Was there another vehicle involved? For example, was this vehicle run off the roadway by another? Was there a dangerous condition on the roadway, which may have caused or contributed to this crash? I trust officials are looking into these and other issues in order to determine exactly what caused this crash.
If this accident was caused by a defective auto product, then the auto maker or manufacturer of the defective product can be held liable. If there was another driver involved he or she can be held responsible as well. If a dangerous or defective roadway was a factor, then the governmental entity responsible for maintaining that roadway could also be held liable. Please remember that any such claim against a governmental entity in California must be filed within 180 days of the accident or injury. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to advise victims about their legal rights and options.
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