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Driver 'has medical emergency,' dies in car accident

The next time you are driving, take a glance in your rear-view mirror. Chances are, you will not see a car rushing up behind you way too fast to stop in time.

That is the opposite of what a Sacramento motorist saw in their mirror recently. The result was a serious collision that, unfortunately, cost the lives of two people.

According to KCRA-TV, a motorist was driving on Highway 99 when an SUV approached from behind at a high rate of speed. The California Highway Patrol says the SUV rear-ended the car and careened into the concrete median.

The SUV rolled over, ejecting the passenger, a 61-year-old woman. She died of her injuries at the scene. The SUV driver, a 67-year-old man, was also fatally injured. The driver of the car that was rear-ended sustained minor injuries.

CHP says that drug and alcohol were not factors. Rather, troopers suspect the deceased man suffered a medical emergency while behind the wheel. Just what kind of medical emergency is not clear. A loss of consciousness, stroke, seizure or heart attack could quickly incapacitate a motorist and cause his or her vehicle to go out of control.

In this case, it may not be that either driver was negligent. In any case, the people in the speeding vehicle suffered far worse than the motorist who seems to have been driving carefully. However, speeding is generally a risky, reckless behavior that significantly raises the risk of a serious crash. It can also be evidence that a driver owes his or her crash victims financial compensation.

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