A tragic accident in California last year took the lives of a mother and daughter as they set out from home to run some errands together. The crash happened near Modesto. The driver of the other vehicle, 16 at the time of the wreck, will be tried as an adult on charges of vehicular manslaughter. Such charges are not uncommon for those who cause fatal motor vehicle accidents.
Wild fires in California have been especially bad this year. Firefighters and others involved in battling the fires know that they risk their lives doing what they do. They may not expect to lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents commuting to the fires. That was the case for a contractor coming from Yuba who was going to be helping with the containment effort.