5 Killed After Car Plunges Off Cliff Along Mendocino Coast
MENDOCINO COAST (March 27, 2018) – A fatal traffic collision took place along the Mendocino Coast on Monday afternoon, according to The Press Democrat and Los Angeles Times.
The accident was reported at about 3:40 p.m. off mile marker 82.9 of Highway 1 in the area of Westport.
As per the reports, California Highway Patrol said for an unknown reason a Ford Explorer plunged 100 feet down a cliff and ultimately went into a creek. The car reportedly ended up on its roof in the remote area along the coast.
Fatal Car Crash Near Westport’s Highway 1
The Ford was pulled out on the south end of the Juan Creek Bridge by the rescue team. CHP affirmed that a total of five people were killed as a result of the crash. Three victims were initially recovered from the wreckage while the other two had to be extricated.
The names of the deceased parties have not been yet released pending notification of next of kin. Meanwhile, the cause of the incident remains under investigation.
We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased people during such a difficult time.
Wrongful Death Lawyer
A forensic examination of the Ford Explorer, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine the liability in the tragic crash. Authorities will thoroughly look into how fast the driver was going, whether or not alcohol or drugs were involved, whether or not there were any mechanical issues with the car, and whether or not the motorist was distracted at the time. The investigation will also consist of looking at measurements of evidence left by the vehicle such as point of impact, final resting position, skid marks, and gouge marks.
The surviving family members of the deceased will likely be entitled to a wrongful death claim pending the results of the investigation. They may be entitled to a recompense for the funeral costs, loss of future income, and loss of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been a victim of an auto accident and you are unsure of what steps to take, we encourage you to call Johnson Attorneys Group to help you. We will guide you every step of the way and bring our expertise to your case. Contact our experienced wrongful death lawyers today at 800-235-6801 for a free consultation.
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