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Fatal California DUI Car Accident


A woman who was killed in a car accident caused by a suspected drunk driver has been identified as 38-year-old Sylvia Ziranda. According to a news report in the Visalia Times Delta, Ziranda was the passenger of a Nissan pickup truck, which was traveling south on Road 204 near List Avenue, in Exeter. The Nissan, driven by 42-year-old Andres Rubio Soltero, was struck head-on by the driver of a 1991 Honda who lost control and went into opposing lanes of traffic. The driver of the Honda, 23-year-old Tomas Hernandez, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving. Ziranda was taken to an area hospital where she died. Soltero sustained minor injuries and Hernandez was taken to a hospital with critical injuries.

I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sylvia Ziranda for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved this woman. They will be in my prayers. I also hope that Soltero recovers quickly and completely from his injuries.

Car Accident Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were eight injuries involving car accidents in Exeter, California in 2007. In Tulare County, 76 fatalities and 1,936 injuries were reported as a result of traffic accidents during the same year. Also, alcohol-related car accidents claimed 30 lives and injured 253 people in Tulare County in 2007.

California Drunk Driving Laws and Liability Issues

It is a crime in California to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. It is also illegal to driver under the influence of drugs – be it recreational or prescription.
California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, please contact a reputed California personal injury lawyer who has successfully held negligent drivers accountable. A skilled car accident lawyer will also advise the victim’s family about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver lacks insurance or does not have sufficient insurance coverage.

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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