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SF Cab Driver Not Charged for Tourist Deaths in Fiery Fatal Car Crash

By Kelly Balamuth on January 20, 2011

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently decided that a cab driver would not be charged with murder for the death of two tourists in a fatal accident, according to SF Appeal. However, he may face other charges in connection with the crash.

In June of 2010, two Ohio residents caught a cab at the San Francisco International Airport. They were on their way to the downtown SF area when the cab driver smelled smoke, and decided to take an early exit. While taking the exit’s turn, the brakes failed. The cab crashed into a pillar and caught on fire. Both of the tourists died from injuries sustained in the accident.

At the time of the crash, the CHP said that the taxi driver might be facing murder charges because he smelled smoke and yet continued to drive. However, the CHP has determined that the cab driver did not act with any ill intentions, and was not determined to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The CHP said the district attorney’s office can determine whether any criminal charges would be appropriate.

As common forms of transportation, taxis and buses are supposed to provide passengers with safe and convenient transport. If passengers are injured because of negligent driving or poor vehicle maintenance, the driver and/or the company that employs them can be held liable. If you have been involved in a San Francisco transportation accident, it’s important to document as much information as possible, including the driver’s name, the vehicle registration number, and the name and phone number of the transportation company for which the driver works. In addition, get the names and contact information for other drivers and witnesses.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a San Francisco car accident, whether as a passenger of a bus or another mode of public transportation, contact the San Francisco injury attorneys at Balamuth Harrington today at 1-888-254-1234. We will protect your rights and help you during this difficult time.

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