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Pedestrians die in multi-car accident

Shortly after 11 a.m. on May 30, an accident in Massachusetts left one pedestrian injured and another dead. The pedestrians, a couple, were walking together on the sidewalk when a driver lost control of a 2010 Lexus. The Lexus then struck a 2011 Toyota Corolla that hit the couple. It went on to hit two other cars. One of the pedestrians, a 53-year-old man, died at the scene. The other, a 52-year-old woman, was hospitalized in critical condition. The drivers of the Lexus, the Corolla, and one of the other cars were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. It is unclear what caused the woman driving the Lexus to lose control of her vehicle. According to her son, she says that she froze behind the wheel. The accident is still under investigation. The family of a person who is killed in a motor vehicle accident might want to speak to an attorney about seeking compensation. The attorney might negotiate with insurance companies if the compensation they are offering is too low, or it might be necessary to file a lawsuit against the individual responsible. For example, in an accident like this one in which a driver loses control of the vehicle, there might not be criminal charges. However, a civil lawsuit is still possible. It would be necessary to prove that the driver was negligent, but the burden of proof is lower in civil cases. Source: CBS Boston, “Man Killed, Girlfriend Seriously Injured In Oxford Crash,” May 30, 2016