Three-Car Crash in Sylmar Sends Couple to Hospital in Critical Condition
An Infiniti carrying a couple and their 7-month-old child was pushed into the path of an oncoming SUV early Sunday afternoon by another car. The couple were taken to the hospital in critical condition. The child, who was sleeping in a car seat placed on the back seat of the vehicle, was unharmed.
All three vehicles were heavily damaged, and the seriously injured couple was trapped inside their vehicle. The Infiniti’s entire roof had to be taken off by firefighters to rescue the couple. Firefighters worked for approximately 45 minutes.
Some news reports indicated that the two other drivers were taken to the hospital in serious condition.
The accident occurred on the 12700 block of West Foothill Boulevard in Sylmar. The driver who hit the Infiniti was exiting a marijuana dispensary when he hit the left side of the Infiniti, a type of accident often referred to as a T-bone. Officials with the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division said the driver was not suspected of driving under the influence (DWI). Initial reports indicated he did not commit a traffic violation, either.
However, law enforcement officials also noted that if the crash victim(s) die, the incident could be sent to the District Attorney’s office for review of whether vehicular manslaughter charges will be filed.
The LAPD Traffic Division indicated that they were gathering evidence related to the crash, including any video surveillance footage.
Determining Negligence in a Car Crash
Police reports in this accident are preliminary. However, some general observations are in order about car accidents in southern California.
Drivers must always follow California state law regarding the operation of a vehicle, plus safety rules and regulations, such as the speed limit.
Drivers are potentially liable for an accident if they do not follow the law and safety rules and regulations.
Safe operation also requires that drivers not drink alcohol or ingest drugs to excess. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs a driver’s judgment and ability to respond to traffic conditions.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a driver who was not following the law or safe driving practices, or was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, The Ellis Law Firm can help.
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- Cain, Josh. 3-car crash in Sylmar sends couple to hospital; infant in car seat not injured. Los Angles Daily News. March 3, 2019. https://www.dailynews.com/2019/03/03/3-car-crash-in-sylmar-sends-infant-3-others-to-hospital/
- Ganey, Steve. Three-Vehicle Crash Traps Two People, Injuries Others in Sylmar. KTLA. March 3, 2019. https://ktla.com/2019/03/03/three-vehicle-crash-traps-two-people-injuries-others-in-sylmar/.