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Woman Injured in Ventura Hit-and-Run Car Accident

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Joyce Yamani, 69, was severely injured in a Ventura car accident after, officials say, a hit-and-run teenage drunk driver struck her power scooter. According to a news report in The Ventura County Star, the hit-and-run accident occurred along Mills Road near Preble Avenue in Ventura, the afternoon of January 16, 2012. Officials say Andres Covarrubias, 18, lost control of his vehicle while traveling at a high rate of speed and struck Yamani. He then hit a parked vehicle, backed up and drove away. Yamani suffered serious injuries in the crash. Covarrubias was located with the help of witnesses, and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

My thoughts and prayers are with Joyce Yamani following this hit-and-run car accident. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery.

Ventura DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no injuries, but 60 injuries involving alcohol-related crashes in the city of Ventura. Countywide, 23 fatalities and 392 injuries occurred due to DUI collisions that same year.

Violations of the Law

Based on this news report, the young driver broke several laws here. Officials say the teenage driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and under the influence of alcohol, when he crashed into the woman on the power chair and left the scene of the crash. Appalling! California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

According to California Vehicle Code Section 23136: “It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 years who has a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or greater, as measured by a preliminary alcohol screening test or other chemical test, to drive a vehicle.”

Liability Issues

In cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, injured victims of drunk drivers will be well advised to contact an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. A knowledgeable accident attorney will better advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident involving a motorist who is uninsured or underinsured. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.

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