Isaiah Ramirez, 10, was killed in an Anaheim car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver.
According to a news report in the Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred just before midnight on October 18, 2014.
The car in which Isaiah was traveling, stopped at a red light on Euclid Street at La Palma Avenue when it was
rear-ended by a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Gary Stephen Hunt. The crash led to a collision with another car.
Isaiah was transported to a local hospital where he died. His four family members suffered serious injuries, but are expected to survive. The driver and passenger in the third vehicle sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
Hunt has been charged with gross vehicular and one felony count of driving under the influence. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of young Isaiah Ramirez for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. We also wish the seriously injured victims of this crash the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
OC DUI Collisions
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were four fatalities and 213 injuries involving alcohol-related collisions in Anaheim.
In Orange County as a whole, 56 people died and 1,346 were injured due to DUI collisions during the same year.
Drunk Driving Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck that rear-ended the vehicle in which Isaiah Ramirez and his family members were traveling, was under the influence at the time. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a), it is illegal to operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or, drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent.
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), as Hunt does in this case.
In addition to facing criminal charges, drivers who cause serious injury or fatal accidents while under the influence can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and economic distress.
Families of deceased victims can seek compensation for damages as well by filing a wrongful death claim. Injured victims or families of deceased victims in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Anaheim personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that the at-fault parties are held accountable.