Mitchell Viturino, 61, was fatally injured in a car accident early morning on February 8, 2016 after officials say a speeding driver ran a red light and struck his vehicle. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred at the intersection of North Bristol Street and West 1st Street when a 2006 Mercedes speeding southbound ran a red light and broadsided a 1999 Ford Mustang headed eastbound. The driver of the Ford Mustang, Viturino, died from his injuries.
After the collision, witnesses reported seeing two injured men leave the Mercedes. A man in his 40s was lying in the grass. He was taken to an area trauma center for back and hip pain. Another man officials suspect was in the Mercedes during the collision suffered a broken leg and minor cuts. Both men denied being the driver, but officials believe one of them was the driver. Investigators are processing blood evidence left in the car, which they hope will help identify the driver.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mitchell Viturino for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Mercedes was not only speeding, but also ran a red light at the intersection and struck the Ford Mustang in which Viturino was traveling.
Violation of Laws
California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” It is also a violation of California Vehicle Code section 21453 (a) to run a red light.
Holding Wrongdoers Accountable
We hope officials will be able to quickly determine if one of the men they found at the scene was the driver or if he or she fled the scene. If the driver did flee the scene, he or she could face felony hit-and-run charges in addition to other charges. At-fault drivers in such cases can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident 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 of victims in such cases would also be well advised to contact an experienced Santa Ana car accident wrongful death attorney who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.