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Teen Driver Dies in Crash that Injured Father, Sister on Mormon Emigrant Trail in Pollock Pines

Pollock Pines, CA – According to CBS13 with additional reporting from The Sacramento Bee, on Memorial Day, May 27, 2024, a 14-year-old boy lost his life while behind the wheel of a truck in an accident that also injured his 40-year-old father and 8-year-old sister.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reports that officers were dispatched to the scene at approximately 2:10 PM on Monday after reports of a crash on Mormon Emigrant Trail, west of Park Creek Road in Pollock Pines.

A Ford Ranger pickup truck, driven by the 14-year-old boy, was traveling west on Mormon Emigrant Trail when it veered off the road and collided with a tree. The impact caused the truck to overturn, resulting in fatal injuries for the young driver and injuries for his passengers, the boy’s father and little sister.

Firefighters from the El Dorado County Fire Protection District responded to the scene, with one passenger transported by ground to a local hospital and the other airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center for urgent medical care.

The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of their families. The CHP is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash and has not yet determined if any charges will be filed.

This heartbreaking incident highlights the dangers of underage driving and serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to driving laws. The Pollock Pines community mourns the loss of the young life and hopes for the swift recovery of the injured passengers.

Wrongful Death in Single-Vehicle Collisions

It is always difficult to lose a loved one, especially when the deceased is a child. Families mourn not only the life they shared together but also the loss of a life yet-to-be lived.

While no amount of money can bring back those who lose their lives in a vehicular fatality, the emotional burden of their loss is often accompanied by a financial burden that falls on their surviving family members.

A wrongful death claim filed with the insurance provider of parties who bear even partial liability can provide compensation to help cover medical expenses, burial costs, and even the loss of support for dependents of the deceased.

In some circumstances, investigations can reveal that some portion of the liability for a single-vehicle collision might fall upon other drivers in the vicinity of the accident or even unsafe roadway structures. Working through the particulars of liability to help victims and their families find proper compensation is one of the many services a personal injury attorney can provide.

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