A four vehicle car accident on Coast Highway killed two people and hospitalized three more.
The accident took place on Sunday afternoon along the Capistrano Beach stretch of Coast Highway between Beach Road and Camino Capistrano. It was reported at 1:21p.m. There were four cars involved in the accident: a Volkswagen Jetta, Mini Cooper, Honda Civic, and a passenger van.
Investigators believe that the Volkswagen and the Mini Cooper were heading northbound on Coast Highway. The van and the Honda were heading southbound. Investigators believe the Volkswagen may have tried to pass the Mini Cooper, which may have contributed to the collision. A student driver was driving the Mini Cooper.
The Volkswagen Jetta was split in half in the accident. Pieces of the Jetta were strewn across the pavement. This vehicle sustained the worst damage in the accident. Its occupants, a 43 year-old man and a 32 year-old woman died in the accident. Paramedics reported to the scene and found both victims dead. The two victims were a couple. There were no other victims in the car. The two victims are survived by a 10 month old daughter who was with her grandmother at the time of the accident. Names of these victims have not been released.
The van flipped on its side, leaving a 50 year-old woman and a 49 year-old man. One 53 year-old woman in the Civic was injured. The student driver, a 15 year-old boy, and instructor were not seriously injured in the accident. All survivors sustained moderate and non-threatening injuries. Survivors were treated at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. The student driver and instructor were treated by paramedics at the scene for mild injuries.
Coast Highway was closed between Camino Capistrano and Palisades Drive so that investigators could examine the scene and clean up the accident. It was later reopened at around 9 p.m.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the accident. The Orange County Sheriff Investigators are working diligently to investigate the accident. Speed may have been a factor. There was no reason to believe that alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident.
If you are ever in a car accident, contact a Dana Point car accident lawyer immediately. Damage from a car accident can be quite extensive. The injuries sustained from a car accident can be quite severe and long lasting. The Law Offices of Dara Khajavi is fully prepared to take on any case. Call us today for a free consultation.