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PALMDALE: Marvin Bray Killed In Car Accident While In Mortuary Van By Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard Intersection

Nov 28, 2018

Marvin Bray Accident: 59-Year-Old Passenger Of Mortuary Van Marvin Bray Died In Car Accident By Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard Intersection

 PALMDALE, CALIFORNIA (November 28, 2018) A man that was riding as a passenger in a mortuary van identified as Marvin Bray was killed in a car accident after the van was broadsided by another vehicle.

Palmdale police are saying that the fatal car accident took place around 11:50 p.m. by the Sierra Highway and Palmdale Boulevard Intersection.

Marvin Bray was in the passenger side of the mortuary van as it was turning left with a green light on Palmdale Avenue. A vehicle that was speeding on Palmdale Avenue broadsided the mortuary van and caused it to roll over.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the scene in order to help the victims. Tragically, Marvin Bray was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the mortuary van was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the car that was speeding prior to the accident suffered serious injuries and had to be transported to the hospital as well. It remains unclear if they will face charges from the fatal accident.

An investigation remains ongoing at this time.

What Causes Car Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are numerous factors that may lead to a car accident. Driver fatigue and impairment remain serious problems. A driver can be impaired with over the counter and prescription drugs as well as alcohol. The state does not distinguish between the two and a driver can find themselves in serious trouble if they crashed while under the influence of a prescription.

Speeding regularly contributes to accidents and causes thousands of deaths every year. Even if a driver is proceeding at the speed limit this may be considered reckless depending on the road conditions. Thankfully, most intersections have traffic cameras that allow police to review what happened directly before a crash. A car accident attorney can investigate the specific facts of your case and let you know what your rights are. There are statutes of limitations associated with filing a claim, so it’s important to act quickly.

Liability In Car Accidents

Drivers have a common law duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner in order to avoid accidents. Vans, buses and taxis are considered common carriers under the law. Those drivers are held to a very high standard and must take every precaution available to keep their passengers safe. Drivers making left turns before an accident will typically be held liable for a crash, unless they had a green arrow. According to the California Vehicle Code 21801 (a), “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.” Victims of a car accident or their family may have the ability to file a claim for damages in order to be compensated for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Getting A Police Report After A Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Marvin Bray as they are grieving such an incredible loss. What happened is completely tragic and should never have taken place. Anyone that may have witnessed the car accident should come forward and speak with officials at the Palmdale Police Department.

Have you or someone that you love been injured or killed in a Palmdale car accident? You may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys can take steps to make sure that your rights are being protected. We have helped thousands of clients across California and focus exclusively on personal injury law. Whether you need a police report after an accident or you just  have questions about your rights we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. K Cal 9. Passenger In Mortuary Van Killed In Palmdale Crash. November 28, 2018
  2. FMCSA.  The Large Truck Crash Causation Study – Analysis Brief. November 28, 2018


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