When an individual gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she is assuming a range of responsibilities. Drivers are responsible for their own safety, as well as the safety of those with whom they share the roadways. In addition, any driver who is carrying one or more passengers is assuming responsibility for the safe transport of those individuals. A recent Massachusetts car crash has led to injury to a driver and the death of a female passenger.
The matter is still under investigation, but police know that the crash took place just after noon on a recent Sunday. A late model Ford Fusion was traveling southbound on Interstate 495 in Franklin when the driver is believed to have lost control of the vehicle. The car ran off of the right side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. The force of that impact was sufficient enough to split the guardrail in two. It is believed that the female passenger was killed instantly.
The accident is being investigated by a number of agencies. State troopers, the Franklin Police Department, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Franklin Fire Department all responded to the site, along with workers from the Medical Examiners Office and the Norfolk District Attorney's Office. The investigation will involve the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, Troop H Detectives and the Crime Scene Services Section.
As the matter moves forward, Massachusetts investigators will work to determine if the driver of the car is responsible for the fatal car crash. If so, he or she could face criminal charges for the death of the female passenger. In addition, a civil suit for wrongful death could be brought by the woman's surviving family members.
Source: masslive.com, "Passenger killed, driver injured in accident on Interstate-495", Jeanette DeForge, April 26, 2015