Enrique Orlando Marquez, 23, was killed in a Costa Mesa car crash, which officials say, was caused by a suspected DUI driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the driver, 24-year-old Kimberly Rene Martin, was behind the wheel of a white Volkswagen SUV in the early morning hours of May 1 when her vehicle collided with a red Honda Civic at the intersection of Mesa Drive and Santa Ana Avenue.
The driver of the Honda, Marquez, died at the scene. Although a third vehicle was involved in the crash, the driver was uninjured. Martin was taken to an area hospital with moderate injuries, but was later arrested on suspicion of DUI. Officials are still investigating the cause of the collision. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Costa Mesa police at 714-754-5264.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members and friends of Enrique Orlando Marquez for their heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
DUI Statistics and Laws
There were three fatalities and 69 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in the city of Costa Mesa, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2014 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 66 people died and 1,294 were injured due to DUI crashes during the same year.
Based on this news report, it is not clear why the vehicles collided at the street intersection. However, officials suspect Martin was driving under the influence. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also against the law to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
Compensation for Victims and Families
In such cases, DUI drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses caused to victims. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. Victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.