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October 24, 2014

Boy Killed In Anaheim Crash Involving Suspected Drunk Driver

Isaiah Ramirez, 10, was killed in an Anaheim car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver.

According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred just before midnight on October 18, 2014.

The car in which Isaiah was traveling, stopped at a red light on Euclid Street at La Palma Avenue when it was

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June 2, 2014

DUI Crash in Costa Mesa Proves Fatal

Marcela Pacheco Garciaguirre, 23, was killed and her passenger was involved, in a Costa Mesa car crash, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver.

According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, 22-year-old Brandon Alvarez of Anaheim was involved in an accident at Harbor Boulevard and Date Place the night of May 31, 2014.

He drove away and minutes later ran a red light at the northbound 405 off-ramp broadsiding a Kia Optima.

Garciaguirre, the driver of the Kia died at the scene. Her 26-year-old passenger was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Alvarez's Nissan pickup had

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May 27, 2014

Bicyclist Injured in Newport Beach DUI Crash

A bicyclist suffered injuries in a DUI collision after being struck near an intersection.

According to a news report in the Daily Pilot, the injury crash occurred the afternoon of May 18, 2014 at Newport Coast Drive and East Coast Highway.

The driver, later identified as 23-year-old William Darnall, failed to stop at the scene. But, witnesses followed him to Pelican Hill Road and Via Burrone where police stopped him.

Officials say Darnall had been drinking. He was arrested on

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May 5, 2014

Monterey Park DUI Crash Proves Fatal

A man driving a Ferrari was killed and his passenger critically injured in a Monterey Park car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Garvey and New avenues early morning on May 3, 2014. Police say that the Ferrari collided with a Hyundai at the intersection.

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January 28, 2014

Buzzed Drivers Under Legal Limit Are Still at Risk for Car Accidents

Even drivers with a slight buzz who are under the legal limit at more likely be at fault for accidents than the sober drivers they hit, a new study report. According to a news report by Reuters Health, the authors of the study looked at fatal crash data from a U.S. database of more than 570,000 collisions between 1994 and 2011. They found that there appears to be no level of safe alcohol in the bloodstream when it comes to driving.

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January 3, 2014

DUI Crash in Mission Viejo Kills Sleeping Man

Kenneth Jackson, 60, was killed in a Mission Viejo car crash after officials say a drunk driver plowed into his home and struck Jackson as he was sleeping. According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred in the early morning hours of December 29, 2013 in the 26000 block of Pacato Drive. Police say Kourosh Keshmiri, 27, drove a large Cadillac sedan into Jackson's bedroom after he failed to navigate a turn and lost control of the vehicle. The car landed on Jackson's bed as he slept. The force of the impact drove the bed into the bathroom. Jackson was found under the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

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December 18, 2013

Fatal Seven-Car Crash in Tarzana Involves Suspected DUI Driver

One person was killed in a seven-car crash, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report on CBS Los Angeles, the fatal crash occurred the night of December 16, 2013 in the 19200 block of Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana. Police say the male driver of a gray Ford Taurus was going east on Ventura Boulevard at a high rate of speed when he crashed into six vehicles stopped at an intersection.

An unidentified 60-year-old woman, who was in the first car to be struck by the Taurus, died at the scene. The suspected drunk driver then went to a nearby convenience store, purchased a six-pack of beer and began drinking before the paramedics tended to him, officials said. The suspect was transported to an area hospital even as he was telling paramedics loudly: "I need beer." Three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries. So far, not arrests have been made.

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November 13, 2013

LAX Contract Worker Injured after DUI Collision

A contract worker for the Los Angeles International Airport was run over by a driver, who officials say, was under the influence. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the incident occurred early morning on November 7, 2013 at the intersection of Sepulveda and Century boulevards near the tunnels that head into the airport. Police said the worker was contracted by the city to change the streetlights at the location and was walking through the tunnel when a pickup truck collided with another vehicle that was towing a warning trailer.

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September 23, 2013

Man Killed in Westminster Car Crash

Joey Nungaray, 27, was killed in a Westminster car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal collision occurred at the intersection Brookhurst Street and McFadden Avenue. Police say a Nissan Frontier truck, which was traveling south, broadsided a Honda Civic that was westbound. Investigators say one of the vehicles ran a red light, but have not determined which driver committed the violation.

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August 1, 2013

Suspected DUI Driver Talking on Cell Phone Causes Pedestrian Accident

A pedestrian suffered injuries to his legs after, officials say, a driver who was under the influence and was talking on his cell phone crashed into a parked car pushing it into a man standing in front of it. According to a news report in The Daily Breeze, the injury collision occurred the night of July 26, 2013, near the intersection of Rosecrans and Avis avenues. Police say Nima Vandordaklou, 31, was driving west in his gray 2009 Honda when he crashed into a Mercedes-Benz S320 parked on the south side of Rosecrans. The collision pushed the Mercedes into a man pinning him against the rear of another parked car.

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July 1, 2013

Wrong Way DUI Collision in Santa Monica Proves Fatal

Philip Ruiz, Jr., 20, was killed in a Santa Monica car accident after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was struck by a wrong-way driver, who officials suspect, was under the influence. According to a news report in City News Service, the fatal DUI collision occurred on the 10 Freeway at Centinela Avenue early morning on June 28, 2013. California Highway Patrol officials say say 23-year-old Jaime Herrera was driving a 2005 Pontiac GTO east in the westbound lanes of the freeway and struck a 1997 Ford Taurus head-on. Ruiz, who was a passenger in the Taurus driven by 18-year-old Edgar Quiroz, died at the scene.

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June 24, 2013

12 Injured in Agua Dulce Freeway Pileup Involving Wrong-Way Driver

Eight vehicles were involved in a pileup on the 14 Freeway in Agua Dulce, which left 12 people injured. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the injury collision occurred the afternoon of June 17, 2013 near the Escondido Canyon Road exit. Three people were seriously injured in the crash, which was caused by a wrong-way driver. The driver of a pickup was traveling south on the northbound 14 Freeway and plowed head-on into another vehicle triggering the massive pileup. One car overturned and another had a pole thrust through its window. Investigators suspect that the driver of the pickup truck was under the influence at the time.

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February 14, 2013

Police Arrest Woman Who Left Scene of Fatal DUI Crash

Police in Chicago have arrested 44-year-old Lisa Elner on suspicion of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a Jan. 26 fatal DUI crash that killed two other women - Michelle Miranda, 37, and Sandra Frankum, 36. According to a news report in The Chicago Tribune, Miranda and Frankum were killed when the SUV in which they were traveling fell at least 50 feet from Harlem Avenue in Lyons to Canal Bank Drive in Summit. Elner, the alleged driver of the SUV, faces charges of failure to report an accident involving death, aggravated driving under the influence involving death, possession of cocaine, and other traffic charges.

Police say Elner was silent about the accident hours later when she was found walking near the entrance ramp to southbound Interstate 55 at Harlem Avenue. Elner, who was also seriously injured in the crash, was taken to a local hospital for treatment and told officials she was walking home from a bar, but told them nothing about the crash.

Failure to Report Deadly Crash

The overturned SUV was discovered about five hours after police found Elner. Piecing together evidence, police determined that the southbound SUV was approaching the I-55 ramp when it lost control, jumped a curb and crashed through a barrier before plunging down to the road below. Apparently, no one called 911 after it happened.

Based on this news report, officials say Elner allegedly survived the 50-foot plunge, but left her passengers in the vehicle for hours without care or medical attention. The article states that it was several hours before the vehicle was even found. Had the women obtained medical attention earlier, it is possible that they would have survived. Drivers have a responsibility to report any crash they are involved in right away to police and help injured victims. This help could be something as simple as calling 911.

Protecting Victims' Rights

Victims of DUI and hit-and-run crashes have rights. Families that have lost loved ones as a result of someone else's negligence and wrongdoing can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love and companionship. Victims' families would also be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will fight for their rights and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.

February 8, 2013

Lakewood Man Arrested for Murder After DUI Crash

February 7, 2013--Lakewood, California--A 25-year-old man who has a previous conviction for felony DUI was arrested and charged with murder after being involved in a fatal crash while allegedly under the influence of alcohol, according to the Los Angeles Times. The suspect is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence, causing bodily injury and theft of a vehicle.

The crash occurred on State Route 330 near State Route 18 when the driver rolled his vehicle, ejecting a female passenger from the car. The 18-year-old girl died of her injuries and the suspect was arrested on suspicion of DUI Murder. Two other passengers were injured in the crash.

Investigators later learned that the suspect had already been involved in a fatal DUI collision in 2009 and had been convicted of felony DUI, a charge usually made when alcohol is involved in a crash with injuries or fatalities. He was re-arrested for the current charges with murder being added.

California DUI Laws Provide Escalating Penalties

While a first-time DUI offense is normally a misdemeanor, California law provides prosecutors with a way to enhance charges and sentencing if the driver injures or kills someone or leaves the scene of an accident. In those cases, drivers can be charged with felonies up to and including murder, as in the present case. This gives prosecutors the flexibility to match the charge to the offense. If an offender has already killed someone in a DUI accident, it is far more appropriate to charge that individual with a more serious crime than if the person is a first-time offender who has not caused any damage or injury.

How Big Is the DUI Problem?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continues to be a major problem for Californians. According to the Century Council, 2010 saw 791 drunk driving fatalities on California highways, 94 of which were victims under the age of 21. More than 71 percent of these drivers had blood alcohol contents of .15 or more, twice the legal limit for intoxication.

These grim statistics are tempered by the fact that California has seen a reduction of 27 percent in overall DUI fatalities since 2000 and a 53 percent reduction in fatalities of victims under 21 years of age. Better DUI education may be responsible for these encouraging numbers, but the fact is that DUI remains one of the biggest killers of people of all ages in the state.

What Should I Do If I Am The Victim of a Drunk Driver?

If you are involved in a crash with a drunk driver, it is important for you to protect your rights. Whether or not the criminal justice system brings the driver to justice, you will still have to collect compensation for your medical bills, your living expenses and other costs. You are also entitled to payment for the pain and suffering you endure as a result of the collision. A personal injury attorney can help you collect these damages.

February 5, 2013

Aspiring Model Charged with DUI after Fatal Sacramento Crash

A 30-year-old man was killed in a Sacramento crash, which officials say, was caused by aspiring model and mother of two, 24-year-old Reena Ashlie Sanchez. According to a news report in The Sacramento Bee, the fatal DUI collision occurred on El Camino Avenue near Colfax Street. Police say Sanchez was driving intoxicated with her two young children in the back seat. Officials say four men were traveling west on El Camino Avenue in an SUV early morning on Feb. 3, 2013 when their vehicle was rear-ended by Sanchez's sedan, which they say, was traveling at a high rate of speed.

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