On the morning of Saturday, January 28th, Alex Zelaya-Hernandez participated in an illegal street race in Phoenix. The 25 year-old crashed his car into a tree that was on the median near Thomas Road and 75th Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the report, Zelaya-Hernandez was racing a white Honda Civic with chrome rims when the accident occurred. The driver of the other vehicle has not been identified. He was last seen driving northbound on 75th Avenue.
Zelaya-Hernandez is likely at least partially responsible for his death if he willingly chose to participate in the race. However, the driver of the other vehicle is likely partially at fault as well, because if the two had not decided to race, then Zelaya-Hernandez likely would not have had the accident.
If identified, the other driver may face a lawsuit for wrongful death. A wrongful death claim may be brought by the survivors of someone who has died due to another person’s actions. If Zelaya-Hernandez’s family sues for wrongful death, they will request the damages that he would have been able to collect from the other driver if the Zelaya-Hernandez had survived the accident. Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 12-611 – 12-613 govern wrongful death lawsuits.
If you have lost a loved one at the hands of another person, please contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.
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