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Four Injured in 4-Vehicle Collision on Pacific Coast Highway — file photo

Couple Killed in 4-Vehicle Crash, Four Injured Including 15-year-old Student Driver

UPDATE:  The Orange County Sheriff Coroner has Identified Kerensa Donselman, 32, and John Knowles, 43, both of Capistrano Beach as the two people who died in the crash.

DANA POINT, California (Oct. 15, 2013) – Two people are dead and four were injured Sunday afternoon in a 4-vehicle crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Pacific Coast Highway at Beach Road, according to a KABC report.

About 1:20 p.m., a 43-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were both killed in the crash, three people were hospitalized and one person suffered minor injuries, the report said.

The crash took place when driver of a Volkswagen Jetta heading northbound on PCH attempted to pass a Mini-Cooper driven by a student driver. As the driver attempted to pass the slower vehicle on the two-lane road, the Jetta struck two drivers in a van and a sedan on the opposite side of the roadway.  The Jetta hit a white minivan and a Honda Civic and then the vehicle split into two. The two people inside the Jetta died at the scene of the accident.

The white minivan overturned onto its side and a 49-year-old man and 50-year-old woman inside were seriously injured and a 53-year-old woman was injured in the Honda Civic.

A Mini-Cooper traveling in the same direction as the Volkswagen was also involved in the crash, but its 15-year-old student driver suffered only minor injuries. The driving instructor in the vehicle was not hurt.

Paramedics transported the injured by ambulance to Mission Regional Trauma Center. The incident is under investigation by the Orange County Major Accident Reconstruction Team.

DANA POINT: Three-Vehicle Traffic Accident Injures Two on I-5 Freeway

Friday, July 19th, 2013

DANA POINT, California (July 19, 2013) – There was a three-vehicle traffic collision on the northbound side of Interstate 5 just south of Stonehill Drive, Thursday night, according to a dispatch report filed by the California Highway Patrol.

Just before 10:30 p.m., CHP officers received a 911 call informing them of an accident involving a black van, a BMW and a Ford Escape.

Emergency officials arrived on scene and treated two people with minor injuries. In addition, paramedics transported at least two people to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

“If you are a victim of a traffic collision, an accident that was not your fault, you deserve representation that will ensure your needs are taken care of,” Attorney West Thomas said. “Medical expense and automobile expenses can add up, and if you weren’t responsible, you shouldn’t have to pay.”

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If you have been injured in a car accident in Dana Point, The Thomas Law Firm may be able to help you. We work hard to obtain justice for victims and their families who suddenly find themselves facing medical bills, funeral costs and lost income due to an unexpected car accident.

The law firm has recovered more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for its clients in counties throughout California. Our attorneys are passionate about defending their clients against insurance companies and corporations who typically attempt to downplay the value of their claim.

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Sources: http://cad.chp.ca.gov

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DANA POINT, California – Camp Pendleton Marines Sgt. Jeremiah Callahan, 23, Cpl. Jason Chleborad, 22, and Cpl. Christopher Arzola, 21, all passengers in a car driven at high speed by a fourth Marine, were killed early Tuesday morning after the driver struck a tree on Golden Lantern Street, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The marines were identified in a Feb. 16 news report by NBC

Two of the passengers were found dead at the scene of the tragic crash. The third passenger died at Mission Hospital. Meanwhile the driver, whose identity remains undisclosed, remains in critical condition in intensive care, according to police reports. The 2005 Dodge Stratus was apparently driving north on Golden Lantern Street about 2:05 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, the report said.

The Marines were all stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, an amphibious training base for the United States Marine Corps. The trip to Dana Point is about 28 miles up the coast of the Pacific Ocean from the base.

Callahan, 23, of Chadron, Neb., and Chleborad, 22, of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Arzola, 21, of Westfield, Mass., were all data network specialists with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, according to United States Marine Corps records examined by an NBC news story.

Sources: –Orange County Sheriff’s Department and NBC news reports

Investigation into the Crash

Whenever there are serious injuries or death resulting from a car crash police will conduct a complete investigation to determine whether there were any contributing factors that may have caused the car accident.  In this case, police have indicated that speed was a factor, but no other details have been shared at this time.

In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.

“I’m truly saddened by this tragedy,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “The news also comes just days after another car crash killed a young Marine in San Diego.”

Those seriously injured or killed in car crashes are often victims of poor judgment, which most of the time is not intentional.  Every time we get into our vehicles we make conscious decisions that affect every driver who shares the road with us, Thomas said.

The Thomas Law Firm has been an advocate for victims of car accidents for 30 years.

Hopefully you or your family members will never be involved in a car accident, but statistics show that most of us will be in some sort of accident at some point in our lives. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients injured in serious traffic accidents and we have helped them put their lives back together after a collision. Our compassionate legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in tragic traffic accidents. Most families just want to see justice served.

Thomas is a California Personal Injury Law Firm with a track record of proven results. There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Families who lose loved ones are faced with many expenses ranging from medical and funeral costs to mounting debt and ongoing support for family members. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

We hope this article was helpful. We are advocates for victims and we want help you in any way we can. Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST to speak with our car accident law firm. Thomas Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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