Carol Major Dies in Santa Clara Car Accident on Lawrence Expressway and Poinciana Dive
Santa Clara, California (August 27, 2019) – A talented and successful woman was tragically killed in a traffic accident at around 1:25 a.m. Sunday, August 25 on Lawrence Expressway and Poinciana Dive in Santa Clara.
According to a local news source, an allegedly stolen Honda Accord was spotted in the parking lot in the 900 block of Duane Avenue in Sunnyvale. Officers began surveillance on the car and placed a tire deflation device underneath a tire. It is not clear what measures were taken by authorities to ensure the vehicle and the driving suspect would not flee the scene, endangering other motorists.
About an hour and a half later, police observed the suspect, Claudio Perez, 32, of San Jose, getting into the car. The officers attempted to stop Perez, but he did not obey their commands and drove through the parking lot in a reckless manner and police allegedly did not pursue him.
Perez was driving southbound on Lawrence Expressway when he allegedly ran a red light at the intersection and broadsided a ride-share vehicle that turning left onto Lawrence Expressway.
Major who was the passenger in the ride-share vehicle was taken to a nearby hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.Another passenger in the ride-share vehicle, a 26-year-old Sunnyvale man, was taken to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. The 28-year-old driver of the ride-share vehicle, of Santa Clara, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Perez was arrested on multiple charges including murder, DUI causing injury, evading police and operating a stolen vehicle.
Ms. Major was described as an extremely educated, talented and successful lady who was a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and a technical programmer for Apple. Our firm is managed by a fellow U.C. Berkeley Cal Bear who extends his and his firm’s deep condolences to the family of the victim.
An investigation into the crash is underway. The family of Ms. Major would undoubtedly have a wrongful death lawsuit claim against Mr. Perez. However, since the vehicle was stolen, most insurance policies would potentially disclaim coverage. In other words, there may be no insurance on the vehicle that was being driven. Thus, the family of Ms. Major, and similarly situated individuals, would benefit from filing an uninsured motorist bodily injury claim with the ride-share company. This claim usually provides $1,000,000.00 in coverage to the family of the deceased. An investigation into the actions of the authorities at the scene of the accident would also be advisable. This is considering the fact that the defendant was arrested for, among other things, driving under the influence. An investigation should include preservation and review of any surveillance or body-cam video at the scene evidencing any outward signs of intoxication prior to when and if the alleged car thief was allowed to get in this vehicle.
An experienced wrongful death attorney would begin by preserving evidence and conducting investigations alongside talented experts without delay.
Our deep condolences once again to the family of this fellow Cal Bear. May she rest in peace and may justice be served in due time.
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