Tragedy has struck again on a Hesperia road. On September 14, 2014, at the intersection of Ranchero Road and Topaz Avenue, three cars got into a collision resulting in one of the two vehicles crossing the center divider and collided head-on with a third vehicle traveling in the opposite direction on Ranchero Road. A single female driver was declared deceased at the location of the accident.
Witnesses apparently observed two Dodge vehicles, one a 2004 Dodge Ram and a second a 1996 Dodge Intrepid, get into a collision with the Intrepid striking the rear of the Dodge truck, sending the truck into opposing lane of traffic at the same time as a Nissan Sentra was approaching the two vehicles. The collision resulted in the death the female driver of the Sentra.
In this accident, a simple violation of one rule of the road leads to a serious collision and the death of an innocent driver. This collision was not an "accident" in the sense of the word defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary: "an unexpected happening causing loss or injury which is not due to any fault or misconduct on the part of the person injured but for which legal relief may be sought." In this situation, there is fault and misconduct which led to this collision. In fact, in almost every collision, there is some violation of a traffic rule which leads to the "accident". Fortunately, most collisions do not result in serious accidents and injuries. However, at times, the consequences of a small violation of the traffic laws is so significant that it results in death or serious and significant injury. This Hesperia traffic collision is an example of this very fact, that a small initial collision results in a horrific death of an innocent woman.