Lake Elsinore, California (October 20, 2013) – A rear end car accident claimed the life of Michael Smyth, a 53 year old man on Sunday. The collision occurred on the 15 freeway, north of Nichols Road in Lake Elsinore. The collision occurred with Michael Smyth, who was slowing for traffic, was struck from behind. Michael Smyth was driving a 2007 Hyundai Azera in the #1 lane of the southbound Interstate 15. He was rear-ended by a 1999 BMW 5 Series driven by 28-year-old male driver from Los Angeles. The identity of the driver of the BMW has not been released.
The collision occurred just after 4 p.m. and police determined that the driver of the BMW was driving too fast for conditions when he struck Smyth’s car. As a result of the impact, Smyth’s car was caused to spin out of control until it hit a call box and rolled over.
Michael Smyth was wearing a seat belt. Smyth suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Inland Valley Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:15 p.m. Sunday.
As a result of the collision, Michael Smyth’s family has a claim for wrongful death against the driver of the BMW. Hopefully, the driver of the BMW has adequate insurance to cover his liability, the loss of a human life. A California wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within 2 years of the death.