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UC Santa Barbara Student Dies in Automobile Accident, Mechanical Failure Alleged

By Renee Nordstrand on April 29, 2013

A 20-year-old UC Santa Barbara student is dead and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is still trying to determine the cause of the fatal single-car accident that took her life on Highway 101 in the Santa Margarita area.

CHP reports that three young women were traveling from Santa Cruz toward Santa Barbara to attend a weekend music festival when, for some unknown reason, the 19-year-old driver lost control of her Mazda Protégé. The Mazda struck a bridge railing and rolled over.

The driver and another passenger were moderately injured in the crash. CHP reports that alcohol was ruled out as a factor in the accident, but there were some allegations of that mechanical failure may have had something to do with the deadly crash. A spokesman for the CHP said that it could not be corroborated yet whether mechanical failure was responsible for the accident.

The fatality victim was a San Marcos High School graduate and a resident of Santa Barbara. One San Marcos High School teacher described her as a great and creative student, and said that he was “incredibly saddened by the loss of such a gifted and extraordinary woman.”

The wrongful death automobile accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand are saddened by the loss of this young Santa Barbara resident and offer condolences to her family. If mechanical failure of the automobile is at the heart of this tragedy, questions need to be asked. Was the automobile in question defective? Could this tragedy have been prevented?

If you believe you have lost a loved one due to a defective product, it is important to choose a law firm that has the financial resources and access to experts to properly conduct an independent investigation. The Law Offices of Reneé J. Nordstrand have successfully represented victims of negligence and are dedicated to seeing that your family gets the justice it deserves.

If you have questions about your legal options, call our Santa Barbara office at (805) 962-2022 or our Encino office at (818) 981-3530. Your case evaluation is free and you don’t pay unless we win your case.