My News LA recently reported a tragic accident in in the Duarte area in which an older gentleman lost his life. Last Wednesday, A younger man, 20 years old, was driving a 2004 Subaru Forester in the No. 4 freeway lane on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway. The older man, 64 years old, was a passenger.
Authorities report that the driver of the Forester abruptly changed over to the No. 3 lane, colliding into a 2012 Infiniti. According to a CHP statement, the Subaru then veered in the opposite direction, to the right, but overcorrected, smashing into a big rig in the No. 5 lane. The double collision at high speed caused the Subaru to lose control and overturn into the embankment.
The 64-year-old passenger wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. As a result, he was ejected violently from the vehicle at this point. It is a shame, because the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured in the accident. If only the passenger had done the same!
This event illustrates how, in the blink of an eye, a single misjudgment on the road can lead to the damage of multiple vehicles, and—far worse—cause injuries of death. This story also teaches the importance of wearing your seatbelt, and of insisting that others in the vehicle are buckled up when you drive.
Authorities do not believe alcohol or any other illicit substance was involved in the accident. No arrests were made.