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Patrick Fortuna Killed in Hyde Park Car Crash

Patrick Fortuna, a 24-year-old Hyde Park man, was killed in a car crash early this morning, reports The Boston Globe.

An early investigation shows that a 2003 Honda Civic driven by Fortuna was going South on Hyde Park Avenue when it crossed the center line and hit a 2008 Honda Civic traveling north. The two-vehicle crash occurred near the Milton Street Bridge.

The passengers in the other vehicle, three women and a man, who were being driven by a 24-year-old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

At the current time, no charges have been filed.

It remains to be seen what, if any, causes for the crash will be unearthed in future investigation.

Sometimes -- though there's no such established correlation here -- accidents are caused by car defects in vehicles that should have been recalled.

If your vehicle (or your vehicle's equipment) is found to be defective, you have the right to have the situation remedied, and the vehicle/equipment manufacturer and dealer must take steps to ensure that those rights are protected.

Within a reasonable time after the determination of a car defect or noncompliance, manufacturers must notify, by first-class mail, all registered owners and purchasers of the affected vehicles of the existence of the problem and give an evaluation of its risk to motor vehicle safety.

Once a defect determination is made, the law gives the manufacturer three options for correcting the defect: repair, replacement, or refund. The manufacturer may choose to repair the vehicle; replace the vehicle with an identical or similar vehicle; or refund the purchase price in full, minus a reasonable allowance for depreciation. In the case of equipment, including tires and child safety seats, the manufacturer can either repair or replace.

And, in those instances where you may have had an accident potentially caused by the car defect, you may wish to speak to a personal injury attorney.

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