Plaintiff/Decedent was a passenger in a vehicle owned and operated by her friend. In a sudden rain event the water did not properly sheet (flow) from the roadway. The vehicle hydroplaned and struck a light pole resulting in plaintiff’s/ decedent’s death. CHP investigation blamed the driver for excessive speed for the conditions. Claims were pursued against the driver for negligence and against the State of California for failing to maintain grooves in the roadway and failure to maintain signage relating to conditions during rain.
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