According to the Orange County Register, five people were involved in a head-on crash on the 91 Freeway today. Two women from San Bernardino were killed. The accident happened early this morning, around 3:00 a.m.
A motorist was driving the wrong way in the Fast Trak Express lanes - she was heading west in the eastbound lanes. She collided with a 2009 Chevy Silverado carrying four passengers - two young girls, ages 11 and 15 were hospitalized. The passengers in the Chevy were not wearing their seatbelts. The 21 year old driving the Toyota Tacoma in the wrong direction was the only one wearing a seatbelt. She was rushed to UCI Medical Center and is facing charges of driving under the influence.
As a serious injury attorney, I see clients every day with cases just like this one. Tragedies caused by the negligence and carelessness of another human being. But it's so sad when the injuries are multiplied because simple precautions like wearing a seat belt weren't taken. Please don't misunderstand. The accident was clearly not the fault of the the family in the Chevy, but it's my sincerest wish that they had been wearing seat belts. Unfortunately, we will never know how much of the injuries could have been prevented had they been wearing their seatbelts. Wearing a seatbelt increases your chances of surviving a serious crash, such as a head-on collision.