June 21, 2009 – Matthew Kercado, of Taunton, Massachusetts, and his 3 year old child, have died as the result personal injuries suffered in a two car accident on I-95 north in Attleboro, Massachusetts. According to Massachusetts State Police, a preliminary investigation suggests that a 1997 Ford Explorer, which was being operated by a Jessica Ebert, 23, of Attleboro, struck a 1996 Chevrolet operated by Jennifer Poissant, 19, of Pawtucket, RI around 5:30 p.m.
The Ford Explorer appears to have rolled over following the collision, ejecting several occupants and causing fatal injuries to Kercado and his child. Also in the car were Heather Kercado, 42, of Taunton, Christopher and Jessica Ebert, both of Boston and a 14 month child, all of whom were trasported to local hopsitals for treatment. Poissant, the operator of the 1996 Chevrolet, apparently was not injured in the crash, which remains under investigtion by the State Police.
While the cause of the crash is undetermined at this time, there will undoubtedly be civil claims arising out of the accident. Passengers in vehicles have a right to bring claims against the operator of a motor vehicle, even if they are related to that person. Under normal circumstances, it is the insurer of the vehicle who is reponsible to pay for any damages for the injuries suffered in such an accident.