A woman was killed in a pedestrian accident in Rowland Heights, which officials say, involved a driver who was high on drugs. According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the fatal accident occurred the night of February 16, 2016 on Batson Avenue just south of Colima Road. Officials said the driver, 23-year-old Yussef Hadi Afra, was driving a 2015 Honda Civic north on Batson Avenue. The woman was crossing west on the roadway.
The Honda struck the woman who was rushed to an area hospital in critical condition She died shortly afterward. Afra was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. Officials did not say what type of drugs he was suspected of using. The investigation is ongoing. The woman’s name was not released.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of this deceased victim. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 30 fatalities and 564 injuries involving DUI collisions in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Also, countywide, 217 people died and 4,251 were injured as a result of alcohol- and drug-related crashes during the same year.
DUI Laws in California
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver was under the influence of drugs when he struck and fatally injured the pedestrian. 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).
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship. Families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who has successfully financially pursued DUI drivers. In such cases, DUI drivers can be held criminally liable and financially responsible for the damages they cause. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.