A boy was killed and 10 others were injured in a multi-vehicle car accident in Fountain Valley, which officials say, involved a suspected DUI driver. According to a KTLA news report, the crash that occurred the night of March 30 near Euclid Street involved five vehicles. California Highway Patrol officials said the suspect’s pickup truck plowed into the back of a minivan, which had been disabled on the northbound HOV lane on the 405 Freeway near Euclid Street. The truck, a black 2014 Toyota Tacoma, was traveling north at an unknown speed when the driver failed to stop in time. It is not clear why the minivan was stalled.
Five family members inside that vehicle, a silver 2015 Honda Odyssey, suffered moderate to major injuries. One of them, a boy whose identity and age have not been released was killed. After the initial crash, a silver 2019 Toyota Tacoma slammed into the rear of the black Tacoma. Four occupants in the third vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries as well. The driver of the black Tacoma suffered major injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. CHP officials described the suspect as a 24-year-old Tustin resident.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the boy who was tragically killed in this car accident. We also wish the other injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
DUI Crashes and Laws
According to CHP’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 26 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in the city of Fountain Valley. In Orange County as a whole, 64 people died and 1,310 were injured due to alcohol- or drug-related crashes during the same year.
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states that it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 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).
Justice for Victims and Families
In such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges, DUI drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation and pain and suffering. An experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to stay on top of the official investigation and help ensure that victims’ and their families’ legal rights are protected.