Two people were killed in a Los Angeles car accident after a Chevrolet SUV went out of control the evening of April 18, 2010 and overturned. According to a KTLA News report, the fatal accident occurred on South La Cienega Boulevard near Rodeo Road in the Baldwin Hills area. The SUV, driven by 25-year-old Paul Collins, was apparently speeding when it struck a median and went airborne. Five of the SUV’s occupants were ejected as the vehicle rolled multiple times before coming to rest on its roof.
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A man and woman, both in their 20s, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were critically injured, but are expected to survive. Collins sustained minor injuries, but has been arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter. Investigators say none of the vehicle’s occupants was wearing a seatbelt. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the families and friends of the two young people who died in this horrific crash. I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved these victims. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles DUI Crashes
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 105 fatalities and 2,252 injuries as a result of DUI collisions in Los Angeles. Countywide, alcohol-related crashes claimed 258 lives and injured 4,832 people during the same year.
Drunk Driving Laws
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime under California law. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges. California Penal Code section 191.5 (a) states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”
Protecting Their Rights
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may be involved, it is in victims’ and their families’ best interests to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their rights are protected. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
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