Kristy Klaus and Kayden Davis ID’d as Teens Killed in Lucerne Valley Accident on Rock Road and Highway 247
Lucerne Valley, California (April 11, 2022) – Two teenage girls died in a tragic car accident on Friday night at an intersection in Lucerne Valley, the California Highway Patrol said.
The girls have now been identified as Kristy Klaus and Kayden Davis, both aged 16 and from Lucerne Valley.
The girls were passengers in a maroon Honda CRV driven by Christy Rees, Klaus’ grandmother.
Shortly before 9:57 p.m. April 8, the Honda collided with another vehicle on Rock Road and Highway 247.
The impact caused the Honda to roll onto its side nearly 100 feet off the side of the roadway.
Firefighters and medics responded to the scene shortly after and helped those involved in the collision.
Kristy and Kayden sadly succumbed to their injuries at the scene.
Rees and the other driver, whose identity was not released, were both critically injured. One of the patients was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center while the second was airlifted to Loma Linda University Medical Center.
An update on the conditions of the injured patients was not released.
The CHP is conducting an investigation into the deadly car accident.
Traffic Collisions Causing Death in California
The report of a fatal crash is tragic news to the family members of the victim and the society at large. Unfortunately, fatal crashes are common on California roads. The saddening fact is that most traffic collisions are caused by human factors that can be easily avoided.
The common causes of traffic collisions in California include; driving at unsafe speeds, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, failure to yield to the right-of-way, among others.
Who Is Responsible?
In most cases, when a traffic crash happens, one of the drivers involved is responsible. However, other parties may also be held accountable. Such parties may include, the other driver’s employer if that motorist was working at the time of the crash, the local government, or the vehicle manufacturer.
What Follows After a Fatal Collision?
California law allows the immediate family members of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party.
The victim’s family can file for damages, including, actual expenses such as medical and burial costs, loss of companionship, lost earnings, and other non-economic damages.
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