Modified: January 12, 2023

Granite Bay Car Accident Kills Four

On December 14, 2022, a fiery crash occurred at Granite Bay involving a speeding Mercedes. Let’s explore the details of the news with Ehline Law and our personal injury attorneys.

Granite Bay Residents Burn in a Vehicle and Die on East Roseville Parkway

Around 9:04 P.M., a single-vehicle crash happened at the intersection of East Roseville Parkway and Brackenbury Way, resulting in a blazing fire.

Car Crashes into Second Tree after Speeding on the Intersection of Brackenbury Way

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver in the white Mercedes was speeding on East Roseville Parkway just west of the Granite Bay Golf Club when the vehicle suddenly veered off the road and crashed into a tree, knocked it down, and smashed into a second tree before coming to a halt.

Four People Died in a Fiery Car Crash; Patrick Gainer, Jerry Cepel, Paul Hammack, and Karan Pannu

Following the single-vehicle crash, the car caught fire, burning three passengers and one driver inside. The four occupants were pronounced dead as soon as the officers arrived at the accident scene.

The Placer County sheriff’s office identified three passengers; Patrick Gainer, Paul Hammack, and Karan Pannu. They also revealed the identity of the driver, Jerry Cepel, 61-year-old Granite Bay resident.

The witness spoke to the California Highway Police officials, informing them that the cause of the accident was overspeeding. Officers have started their investigation, and authorities are currently not sure whether there were drugs or alcohol involved in the fiery Granite Bay crash.

Could Speeding Be the Cause of the Accident in Granite Bay?

It is important to note that speeding could be the cause of the accident, but there may be other factors that led to the fiery crash.

For example, the car involved in the single-vehicle crash may have had a defect following an earlier visit to the mechanic, or perhaps it was a brand-new car with issues straight from the manufacturer. Maybe the road had an obstacle the driver wanted to avoid and, because of the speed, ended up crashing into the tree.

Whatever the factors are for the accident, it is crucial that the surviving family members speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to conduct an impartial investigation. Granite Bay follows California’s comparative negligence rule, where parties partially responsible for an incident can recover compensation for their loss.

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If you lost a loved one in an accident due to another’s negligence, contact us at (833) LETS-SUE for a free consultation, as you may be eligible for compensation.

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Michael Ehline

Michael is a managing partner at the nationwide Ehline Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC. He’s an inactive Marine and became a lawyer in the California State Bar Law Office Study Program, later receiving his J.D. from UWLA School of Law. Michael has won some of the world’s largest motorcycle accident settlements.

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