Teens were riding on hood of SUV; 1 dead and 1 hurt
MORONGO VALLEY, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2018) — Chase Bottroff, 16, of Morongo Valley, died after he fell off the hood of an SUV he was riding on on Juniper Avenue, according to the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.
The incident was reported about 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22nd. The teenager was reportedly riding on the hood of a 2006 Land Rover LR3 with a 16-year-old Yucca Valley boy. A 17-year-old Morongo Valley boy was driving the vehicle. The vehicle struck a raised portion of the road, just south of Pioneer Drive. Both boys were thrown off the vehicle and suffered injuries. Chase was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he died the following day at 12:18 a.m. Sunday.
The second boy was hospitalized with moderate injuries.
A GoFundMe.com account was set up to raise money for the teen’s family.
It’s unknown at this time whether or not the SUV’s driver is going to face criminal charges.
Morongo Valley Wrongful Death Lawyer
There are certainly many unanswered questions, but there is no doubt that the teen driving the vehicle was negligent by allowing the other two teens to ride on their SUV.
Upon completion of the investigation, the family members of the man who died may have the right to a wrongful death claim. Surviving family of victims killed in car accidents would potentially be entitled to seek compensation for funeral costs, and loss of love and companionship. The injured teen may also seek compensation for his costs and pain and suffering.
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