Auto rolls over killing passenger in San Juan Capistrano. Police are baffled by the solo accident.
Posted on Oct 16, 2009
Orange County investigators are currently trying to piece together the accident that killed one active duty soldier, Nicolas Clayton and injured a 15 year old boy. The accident was a solo crash without any apparent witnesses and the accident left the authorities with a lot of unanswered questions.
Sheriff’s investigators believe the 15 year old was driving without a license. The accident occurred at around 1:50 am when the boy and Clayton left the party that they were attending with a friend to buy more alcohol. The driver was traveling at high rate speed, possibly upwards of 100 mph when he lost control of his parent’s Lexus, hit a curb and rolled into a hillside. The impact threw both the driver and passenger from the vehicle. Toxicology tests are pending to determine if the boy had been drinking.
The sheriff’s department is asking for the public’s help if you were in vicinity of Camino del Avion and Niguel Road in Laguna Niguel in the early morning hours of September 27th. The tip line is 1-866-TIP-OCSD.
Auto accidents can be reconstructed by an auto accident attorney and hired experts. While some police investigations are useful, officers are trained in the stabilization of accident scenes first and foremost,, then calling in emergency services, and finally reporting the details of physical evidence. Responding officers are rarely trained in full accident reconstruction of complex accidents, and have to refer to other officers in the department for those efforts. The location of the vehicle, the skid marks on the road, debris, yaw marks, damage to the car and the extent of damage are all used to reconstruct an accident.
Anyone involved in an accident should retain the services of an auto accident attorney if they need to reconstruct an accident to determine fault for the accident.