Jacinto Chavez, 24, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident, which involved a hit-and-run driver who officials say may have been under the influence of alcohol. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal car accident occurred at the intersection of James M. Wood Boulevard at Ardmore Avenue in Koreatown early morning on March 26, 2011.
Police say Ricardo Leos, 20, was speeding in a Mitsubishi car on a residential street when he tried to pass another vehicle and crashed into a silver sedan. The sedan struck a pole. Chavez, a passenger in the Mitsubishi was pronounced dead at the scene. Three men in the silver car were taken to a local hospital with injuries, as was one other person in the Mitsubishi. Leos fled the scene, but was arrested shortly afterward and charged with DUI, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
Los Angeles DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 105 people were killed and 2,252 were injured in Los Angeles DUI collisions. During the same year, there were 258 fatalities and 4,832 injuries reported involving alcohol-related crashes in Los Angeles County.
Not only did the driver of the Mitsubishi, Leos, violate California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) by leaving the scene of the accident, but he was also under the influence of alcohol. I’m relieved to hear that this driver was apprehended and hope he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 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.”
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of companionship and other related damages. Injured victims can file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party seeking compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise car accident victims or their families about their legal rights and options. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a comprehensive initial case evaluation at no charge to injured victims and their families. 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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