Luis Camacho, 18, was killed in a car accident involving a suspected drunk driver, the evening of August 23, 2010. According to a news report in The Porterville Recorder, the crash occurred at the intersection of Avenue 228 and Road 36, when 18-year-old Victor Anguiano, the driver of a Chevy Astro van, sped past a stop sign and broadsided a 2007 Freightliner truck. Anguiano suffered minor injuries, but his passenger, Camacho, was killed in the collision. The driver of the Freightliner, 37-year-old Valentin Ramirez, and his passenger, 37-year-old Carlos Reyeslara, escaped without any injuries. Anguiano was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Luis Camacho for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. It is indeed fortunate that Ramirez and Reyeslara did not suffer serious injuries in this crash.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two deaths and 20 injuries involving DUI collisions in Porterville. In Tulare County as a whole, 21 people were killed and 214 were injured as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Violation of Several Laws
Driving under the influence is a serious crime in California. It is also illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcohol. 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, as Anguiano does in this case. 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.”
Claim for Compensation
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of DUI crash victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Injured victims or their families would be well-advised to get in touch with a reputed California personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims and their families about how their car insurance policy applies to an accident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
Is underage drinking a problem in your community? For more information about the problem of underage drinking, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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