Police are looking into whether a car accident in Anaheim that killed a man who was pulling into his driveway was prompted by street racing. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, an 18-year-old man is accused of slamming his car early morning on July 30, 2017 into the vehicle of Tarek Hamed, 34, killing him. The teen, Jorge Esteban Lunas Martinez, has been arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI and driving without a license.
Police have said that Martinez lost control of a Nissan Maxima in which he was speeding. He apparently veered into oncoming traffic and crashed into Hamed’s Toyota Camry in the 1500 block of West Ball Road. Police are looking into whether street racing played a part in this fatal accident.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Hamed’s wife, who is reportedly expecting a baby and his young daughter. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Violation of Several Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Nissan Maxima that struck Hamed’s vehicle was not only driving under the influence and speeding, but may have also been involved in street racing. It is illegal under California law to race on a public roadway.
California Vehicle Code section 23109 (a) states: “A person shall not engage in a motor vehicle speed contest on a highway. As used in this section, a motor vehicle speed contest includes a motor vehicle race against another vehicle, a clock, or other timing device.” It is also against the law to drive at an unsafe rate of speed and to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Fault and Liability
In such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges, negligent drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, family members of deceased car accident victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
Families who have lost loved ones would also be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.