HOLLISTER, CA — A fatal multi-vehicle crash claimed the lives of two young children, both under the age of eight, on Highway 152, north of Hollister, according to KSBW.
At approximately 7 AM on Friday, January 12, 2024, a Tesla driver made an ill-fated attempt to overtake a slow-moving tractor by traveling in the opposing lane. This resulted in a collision with an oncoming car, setting off a chain reaction, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Following the initial crash, the Tesla continued its destructive path, colliding with a Dodge vehicle carrying five passengers. The impact forced the Dodge into the path of an oncoming tractor.
Tragically, a 7-year-old in the Dodge lost their life at the crash site, while a 4-year-old succumbed to injuries after being transported to a San Jose hospital. Two adults and a 1-year-old from the Dodge survived the incident.
In total, seven additional individuals were involved in the five-vehicle collision. The 25-year-old Tesla driver sustained major injuries and was promptly taken to the hospital.
The California Highway Patrol is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding this devastating crash.
No amount of financial compensation can replace the loss of a loved one in a car crash, especially the death of a child. Still, the financial cost of recovery from such accidents should not fall upon the victims themselves. To make sure that the insurance company of an at-fault driver offers a proper payout to cover hospital fees, burial costs, and loss of income resulting from a crash, victims and their families should seek the services of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can advocate for their rights and see that justice is served.