California police are trying to determine exactly how a woman died after finding her body following a three-car crash early on Thursday morning. There may be a role for a top accident lawyer in the case.
The victim, who has not been identified, was initially thought to have suffered only accident-related injuries. However, police later said it appeared she had been stabbed.
She was reportedly being taken to hospital in a Honda Civic when the crash occurred in East Bakersfield just before 2 a.m. The woman was declared dead at the scene.
It is not known whether the crash contributed to her death.
Meanwhile, the driver of the Civic, 22-year-old Ashley Garness has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
The California Highway Patrol said Garness disobeyed a red light and struck two cars near the junction of Mount Vernon Avenue and Niles Street.
The accident happened just blocks away from East Bakersfield High School.
Garness received moderate injuries.
Meanwhile, the driver of a Volvo C70 suffered minor injuries. Officers say the driver of the third car involved in the crash drove off following the collision.
That vehicle was identified as a Nissan Sentra.
Police are investigating the activities that led up to the crash as well as how the passenger in the Honda died.
Highway Patrol is handling the accident investigation while detectives have opened a homicide case.
The victim’s family may hire a top accident lawyer to help them get to the bottom of the situation and seek compensation, if appropriate.
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