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DUI Collision in Los Angeles Kills Two

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Shih-Yang Lin, 24, and Johnson Giang, 23, were killed in a Los Angeles car accident early morning on January 15, 2011. According to a City News Service report, the fatal car accident occurred on the westbound 60 Freeway near Downey Road. California Highway Patrol officials said 18-year-old Michael Diaz was driving a 2002 Ford Excursion and 23-year-old Benjamin Young was driving a 2006 Lincoln Navigator when the two vehicles crashed. Both vehicles were in the westbound lanes.

The Navigator, carrying seven passengers, overturned and ejected four people. Officials say those passengers were not buckled up. Both Lin and Giang were ejected and died at the scene. Two other passengers who were ejected were transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries. Diaz and four passengers in the Excursion were treated for minor injuries. Police arrested Young on suspicion of driving under the influence.

I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of Shih-Yang Lin and Johnson Giang for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. I also wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

DUI Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 105 fatalities and 2,252 injuries involving DUI collisions in Los Angeles. During the same year, 258 people died and 4,832 were injured as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in Los Angeles County.

California DUI Laws

It is against California law for anyone to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 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 Victims’ Rights

Injured victims or families of deceased victims in such cases would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has the experience and a successful track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site at www.madd.org.

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  • Kenny Li

    I knew Johnson and Ben. They were good guys, pretty cool. It sucks to hear about this and I hope Ben is okay.

  • Annie

    I knew Johnson and Ben. Johnson was awesome. Johnson was the best teacher i every knew. Hope he is in peace now. 🙂

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