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Stockton crash leads to one death, three injuries

Early in the morning of February 8, 2019, a car crash at an intersection in north Stockton, California, resulted in one person dying and three people being injured. It all began when California Highway Patrol officers tried to pull over a speeding Chevrolet Silverado on Interstate 5 northbound. The driver, a 17-year-old boy and Oakland resident, did not stop but continued driving, exiting at March Lane and heading eastbound through city streets.

Turning at Quail Lakes Drive and heading south, the suspect ran a red light and collided with three vehicles at Da Vinci Drive: a gray Chrysler Sebring, a Toyota Matrix and a black Chrysler Town and Country. The 36-year-old driver of the Chrysler Sebring died at the scene. The driver of the Toyota and the Chrysler Town and Country, aged 32 and 43, suffered minor and major injuries, respectively.

The suspect sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital. He remains in CHP custody. The investigation, conducted over eight hours after police cordoned off March Lane, Quail Lakes Drive and Da Vinci Drive, determined how fast the suspect was going. This information will not be released, however. Investigators also found that the Chevrolet Silverado was in fact stolen from a Stockton residence and that the theft had not even been reported at the time of the chase or the crash.

In cases like this, the guilty party will likely face both criminal charges and personal injury lawsuits. Those who are injured in car accidents through little or no fault of their own may be compensated for their medical expenses, vehicle damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and other losses. They might even sue for punitive damages, which are meant to punish the defendant for reckless driving. It may be a good idea to hire a lawyer for the filing process.

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