We have just a few weeks to go until a deadly car crash kills an elderly woman and seriously injured two others in California.
But a growing number of people are demanding answers to why the vehicle and driver were not wearing seat belts.
As we wait for the first official word from California Highway Patrol (CHP) on the cause of the crash, a growing group of concerned citizens are demanding the details of how the elderly woman was killed and the two others injured.
The crash occurred on a lonely stretch of California highway on Saturday afternoon near Los Angeles.
The crash happened as the elderly couple, identified by their initials, were driving southbound on Interstate 805, according to ABC News.
After crossing the median, the car suddenly lost control, going over a guardrail and hitting a light pole, according a CHP statement.
At least one person was killed in the crash and the other was seriously injured, but the cause remains unknown, the CHP said.
A CHP spokesman said the elderly person’s car “wasn’t equipped with seat belts” and that investigators are working to determine if the occupants were wearing them.
One of the two people killed was identified as 69-year-old Maria Perez-Sanchez, who was a retired nurse, according the Los Angeles Times.
The other was identified by the CHPA as 54-year, retired nurse Mary Lou Sartori, who had lived in the same neighborhood for years.
Witnesses described the elderly man as wearing a white shirt and a dark hat.
They said he appeared to be a family man who had just finished his shift and was going to the hospital.
On Saturday afternoon, the crash scene remained mostly quiet.
Police initially said that they believe the car was traveling at 35 miles per hour.
The CHP did not provide additional details, including what kind of vehicle it was, how long the car had been traveling, or if the car is owned by a family member.
It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.
Investigators have not yet released the CHPs accident report, but a witness, who did not want to be identified, said he saw the elderly driver in his vehicle after the crash in front of a large apartment complex, with a silver Honda Odyssey.
“He was standing there and I looked down and saw him in the middle of the road,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
While the driver may have been distracted by other people in the area, the witness said he was concerned because his friend was injured in the accident.
He also said he could see the driver “looking around” when he was looking out his car window.
In the days following the crash there were many theories surrounding what caused it.
Several people told local news outlets that the elderly male driver, who is white, may have gotten out of his car, jumped in front, and then got into the back seat and drove off.
Other reports suggested that the car may have hit a large tree or a fence.
Some commenters suggested that perhaps the driver did not slow down or change lanes when he hit the tree.
Others suggested that it may have struck the SUV at a high speed because of the vehicle’s high speed.
An ABC News review of California Highway patrol’s crash reports over the past three years found that many accidents involving people under age 40 are under investigation.
According to a report by the California Highway Commission (CHC), there were 29 crashes involving people between ages 40 and 64 in 2016, an increase of 3.6 percent over 2015.
CHP’s crash report released last month said that while “a driver must have a reasonable belief that a safety vehicle is present, if a driver does not have a seat belt or a head-up display, they must be stopped immediately and immediately taken to a hospital,” unless they are otherwise legally allowed to proceed.
(Read more: ‘It’s not like the sun’ – California crash victims are still waiting for answers) Some commentators have questioned the state’s decision to issue a death certificate to a woman in her 60s for what the CHC called a “non-fatal” head injury.
Critics say the CHCs decision to grant a death certification to the elderly white driver was a violation of California’s civil rights.
We have heard that CHP does not like white drivers, but why did they allow a black one to be issued a death Certificate?
The question has prompted a flurry of comments from both the CHAs critics and the public.
Read more about the car wreck: California law requires that CHPs crash reports include information about injuries, such as the severity of the injury and whether there were any signs of impairment.
However, the department’s CHP crash reports have no information about whether the driver was wearing a seatbelt or not.
Chase spokeswoman Jennifer Oltman told ABC News that CHPA officials