Two people were killed in a car accident in Arleta, which officials say, involved a suspected DUI driver.
According to a news report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal crash occurred the night of June 19, 2015 at the intersection of Branford Street and Dorrington Avenue.
Officials said the driver of a 1999 Chevy Astro van, identified as Arsen Panasian, was driving westbound on Branford when it collided with a Toyota Camry traveling south on Dorrington.
The collision caused the Camry to rotate counter-clockwise and run off the roadway.
Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene. Panasian was found to have been under the influence. Officials say he not only caused the collision, but was also driving under the influence.
It is not clear if he faces murder or manslaughter charges. Anyone with information about this crash is asked to contact LAPD at 818-644-8022.
We offer our deepest condolences to the couple that was killed in this DUI crash. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Los Angeles DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 79 fatalities and 2,015 injuries involving alcohol-related crashes in the city of Los Angeles.
Countywide, during the same time, 213 people died and 4,261 were injured as a result of DUI collisions.
California DUI Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Astro van, Arsen Panasian, not only caused the collision, but was also under the influence at the time. Officials have not said what he did to cause the crash.
But, under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/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 under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).
Repeat DUI offenders could face murder charges.
In such cases, in addition to criminal charges, DUI drivers can also be held civilly liable for injuries, damages and losses caused.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages including medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
Victims’ and families would be well advised to contact a skilled Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who has experience financially pursuing DUI drivers.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.