Overall, most people in California would likely agree that they are relatively safe where they live. This is likely especially true for those who are in their own home or the home of a friend. Unfortunately, car accidents can impact even those who feel relatively safe. For example, police say that a car recently crashed into a house, causing significant damage.

The incident occurred one evening in late July. According to police, a vehicle operated by a woman plowed into a California home. A group of people had reportedly gathered together in the home in order to pray at the time of the accident. News footage allegedly reveals a red sedan almost completely inside the home.

Emergency responders claim that some of the victims were stuck underneath the car and had to be rescued. Unfortunately, of the 11 people gathered, one person died and eight others were injured. The driver of the vehicle reportedly fled the scene.

With the technology available to police officers in California, it is likely that they will soon discover the identity of the driver involved in the accident. Because car accidents can have a significant financial impact, the victims in this case may choose to file a civil lawsuit against the driver once she is identified. If it can be proved that the accident was caused by negligence, the victims — including the surviving family members of the deceased victim — could receive an award of damages that could help them cope with lost wages and funeral costs, among other expenses stemming from the accident.

Source: ABC News, “1 Dead, 8 Injured After Car Slams into Los Angeles Bible Study Group“, Brian McBride, July 28, 2016