A tragic car accident in Alpine, California, a town about 30 miles east of San Diego, ended with the tragic death of a high school athlete who had recently been honored for his noteworthy football skills.
The family has asked to grieve privately, but several people who interacted with the athlete expressed their condolences. For its part, the school where the athlete attended is providing grief counseling to students.
According to police, the athlete was traveling as a passenger in a Jeep Wrangler. He was riding in the back of the Jeep when the driver of the vehicle began to drift off the road. The driver overcorrected, causing the Jeep to collide with an oncoming vehicle broadside. The resulting impact threw the athlete from the Jeep. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Other people were also injured in this accident, and some were taken to nearby San Diego hospitals for treatment. While authorities described some of the injuries moderate, all of the other accident victims in both vehicles are expected to survive. Police indicated that they do not suspect drugs or alcohol were a factor in this tragedy.
Of course, right now, the family of this athlete has to deal with the immediate aftermath of this sudden and tragic loss of their loved one. Down the road, however, they may want to think about whether they wish to pursue compensation for this loss.
Drivers in California have an obligation to protect their passengers, and that includes making sure they have a seat with a seatbelt. Still, in cases like these, the legalities surrounding car accidents can be a bit more complicated than in other cases.
Source: Fox 5, “High school football star killed in crash,” Dec. 12, 2017.