MacKenzie Frazee, a 16-year-old girl, has died in an Orange County DUI auto accident, which happened in an unincorporated area of Orange County near Tustin, The Orange County Register reports. The 17-year-old boy who was behind the wheel at the time of the incident was reportedly arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving.
The auto accident occurred Aug. 28 when the teen driver, who authorities say was speeding, lost control of his black 1998 Mercedes Benz E320 and struck a traffic signal pole at the interection of Newport Avenue and La Colina Drive. California Highway Patrol officials say Frazee was wearing a seat belt. She was pronounced dead a little after the car accident in an area hospital. The name of the teen driver was not released because he is a minor. He suffered only minor to moderate injuries.
My heart goes out to the family of MacKenzie Frazee. Please keep them in your prayers.
The young man who has been arrested will most likely face not only felony drunk driving charges, but also criminal vehicular manslaughter charges. He could also be held civilly responsible for the death of MacKenzie Frazee.
Those who make the decision to drink and drive don’t realize that they not only put themselves in jeopardy, but become a significant hazard to their passengers and other motorists and pedestrians on the road.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Orange County Chapter, there were 17,970 alcohol-related fatalities in the United States in 2002, which amounted to nearly 42 percent of the total number of auto accident fatalities that year. They also estimate that one person is hurt or killed because of a drunk driver every 15 minutes in the United States.
Our firm is pursuing at least 50 people financially for causing fatal DUI or injury auto accidents. In this case, the young Orange County girl died. But, there are also many injured victims who must live with catastrophic injuries that make them dependent for the rest of their lives. As Orange County personal injury attorneys, we make it our mission to ensure these negligent DUI drivers pay for their mistakes. And I’m sure, many of those drunk drivers we’re pursuing will admit that getting behind the wheel drunk was simply not worth it.