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Marysville: Faulty Steering Wheel May Have Caused Crash that Killed Marcus Johnson and Dale Wondergem

Posted on Mar 19, 2013

Authorities investigating the crash that killed 14-year-old Marcus Johnson and 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. at the Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday, March 16, suspect that a faulty steering wheel may be to blame. At about 6 p.m. that night, Chase Johnson, Marcus’ 17-year-old cousin, was doing warm-up laps in a winged sprint car when he veered from the track and hit Johnson and Wondergem, who were walking in the pits as part of a driver’s pit crew. Wondergem was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported Johnson to an area hospital, where he was declared dead. 



“After a fatal accident, the families of the victims may hold the at-fault party, whether a negligent driver or the manufacturer of a faulty product, liable for their loss through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.



In 2012, manufacturers filed more than 650 safety recalls, which impacted more than 17.8 million vehicles, child seats, and vehicle equipment, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Since its inception in 1966, the NHTSA has overseen the recall of more than 17,000 consumer products, involving over 500 million vehicles and more than 84 million items of equipment.



All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Marcus Johnson and Dale Wondergem.



The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Marysville crash.



Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the injury and the wrongful death claims process, are available to the public free of charge through our office.



If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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