California Accident on Pacific Coast Highway Kills One, Injures Six

California Accident on Pacific Coast Highway Kills One, Injures SixA one-car collision caused the death of one driver and six others sustained major injuries on Wednesday, August 3, near Malibu, the Malibu Patch reports.

According to the news source, a preliminary investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department found that "excessive speed" was the highest contributor to the fatal crash. The accident happened on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades just after Midnight on Wednesday.

An LAPD press release confirmed that neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the cause of the crash.

The accident happened when a 2002 Ford Focus was traveling in the northbound lanes of PCH near Temescal Canyon Road and the unlicensed 27-year-old driver allegedly smashed into a streetlight and then hit a wall, causing the vehicle to burst into flames, according to the Patch.

One passenger in the vehicle, a 35-year-old man, was killed at the scene, while the driver and another passenger, 15, had to be transported via helicopter to a hospital, where they are currently listed in critical condition.

The crash also injured a 10-year-old boy, who sustained multiple fractures and a 17-year-old who had to be treated for lacerations on his leg. Two more children, ages 6 and 1, were found to have received bruising from the accident.

The Ford Focus being driven was holding six people, while Ford states on its website the the car's maximum occupancy for safe traveling should not exceed five, the media outlet stated.

The LAPD closed all lanes of the PCH surrounding the accident for many hours as cleanup crews worked to clear the road.

According to the Car Crash Organization, there were 3,076 traffic fatalities in California in 2009.