Speed is often the reason cited in fatal motor vehicle accidents on highways throughout the nation including the Sacramento, California, region. While this is most certainly a contributing factor, car accidents ending in death can happen even when one is driving in a highly developed road. In fact, an abundance of development in the shape of multiple stores, intersections and driveways can make roads especially confusing.
The family of an 81-year-old man knows that first hand. They were likely unable to enjoy their holiday weekend as the man died in a car crash last Thursday while on his way to a shopping center.
The incident occurred at the intersection of Watt Avenue and Pope Avenue as the man, driving a Mercedes Benz was attempting to turn into the shopping center. According to a California Highway Patrol Officer the man apparently though he was in a turn lane, when in fact, he was sitting in a lane facing oncoming traffic. Upon realizing the mistake, he reportedly tried to move out of the way. As he attempted to make that move, his car was struck by another travelling South on Watt.
The passenger side of the man's vehicle was hit by the oncoming car. Despite the man not being on the side of the vehicle that bore the brunt of the impact, he nonetheless died. The woman behind the wheel of the vehicle that hit the Mercedes was also injured in the crash. Accordingly, she was taken to a hospital where she received treatment and was then released.
Though the deceased had arguably lived a full life this is nonetheless a sudden and tragic ending to his life.
Source: News 10, "Driver killed in Watt Ave. crash is identified," May 24th, 2012