Massachusetts State Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that may have witnessed the events that led up to a tragic crash. An 18-year-old man died in an auto accident believed to be the result of two vehicles racing. The wreck occurred on Route 6 eastbound in a location where emergency responders say numerous accidents occur, but few of them are caused by racing.
Police believe two vehicles were racing when one of the drivers lost control. His SUV ended up slamming into a tree after rolling. The passenger compartment of the vehicle was decimated in the crash. The driver of that vehicle suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle he was racing stopped and stayed at the scene. He was taken into custody on charges of reckless driving, racing and speeding. In addition to trying to locate the potential witness, Massachusetts State Police officers are asking anyone that may have witnessed the vehicles or the crash itself to contact them.
Not surprisingly, the family of the deceased driver is heartbroken. His friends and former classmates at his high school are struggling to make sense of his loss. The school is providing grief counselors for the students to help them deal with what happened.
Had either man declined to be involved in this race, this tragic auto accident may never have occurred. After the family has taken time to grieve for the loss of their loved one, they may file a wrongful death claim against the other driver. The fact that the decedent was in violation of traffic laws does not preclude the family from filing such an action. Massachusetts is a contributory negligence state, which means that it may be possible for the family to recover a portion of the damages they incurred because of the victim's death so long as the family can prove their loved one was not more negligent than the other driver was.
Source: myfoxboston.com, Police: Fatal single-car crash in Harwich caused by racing, No author, Feb. 23, 2014