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Valinda DUI Multiple Vehicle Accident Kills One

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Edward Lane, 61, of Valinda was killed in an auto accident involving an allegedly drunk driver on Sept. 20. California Highway Patrol officials arrested 22-year-old Elliot Imm of Duarte on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter, according to an article in the Pasadena Star News.

The accident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Temple and Valinda avenues when officials say Imm, who was driving a 2003 Honda south on Valinda, ran a red light and struck Lane’s 2003 Chrysler. Imm suffered moderate injuries while his passenger, a 22-year-old Los Angeles woman, suffered minor injuries. After being struck by Imm’s Honda, Lane’s Chrysler was forced into a 2003 Ford whose driver also suffered minor injuries.

My heart goes out to the members of Edward Lane’s family, who have suffered an irreparable loss. Lane, a locksmith, was apparently on his way to a job Saturday night when the horrible crash occurred. He was a beloved son; a father with three sons aged 12, 14 and 38; and a grandfather with two teenaged grandchildren as well. Please keep this family in your prayers.

I trust that Elliot Imm will be held criminally and civilly responsible for causing this horrible DUI crash. Edward Lane’s family will be entitled to significant compensation for their loss, emotional distress, funeral expenses and loss of future wages. I strongly suggest the family of Edward Lane retain the services of a well-established Southern California auto accident attorney, who will go after Imm financially to get Lane’s family the compensation they rightfully deserve.

If Imm turns out to have insufficient insurance coverage, an experienced auto accident lawyer will also be able to advice Lane’s family if they can receive compensation through the “uninsured” or “underinsured motorist” coverage provided by Lane’s own auto insurance policy.

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