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Monterey Park DUI Crash Proves Fatal

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A man driving a Ferrari was killed and his passenger critically injured in a Monterey Park car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver. According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of Garvey and New avenues early morning on May 3, 2014. Police say that the Ferrari collided with a Hyundai at the intersection.

The Hyundai crashed into the driver’s side of the Ferrari, fatally injuring the driver. The passenger was badly injured. Officials are still looking into which vehicle had the green light and the speed at which the cars were traveling. The driver of the Hyundai, 28-year-old Omar Placencia of Los Angeles, was expected to be booked on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. The front end of the Ferrari was sheared off in the crash. The investigation is still ongoing.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victim for their tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are also with the critically injured passenger who is still recovering from major injuries.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2011 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but 21 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in Monterey Park. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 184 people died and 4,320 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes during the same year.

California Drunk Driving Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Hyundai was under the influence at the time of the crash. 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.” Also, a driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges, under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).
Compensation for Victims and Families.

In addition to facing criminal charges, drunk drivers can also be held civilly liable to injured victims and their families. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation as well. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.

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