Prosecutors filed criminal charges against an alleged drunk driver who caused a three-vehicle crash injuring 10 people including a toddler. According to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 26-year-old Robert Anthony Lopez was charged with three counts of fleeing a police officer’s motor vehicle causing serious bodily injury, one count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense, driving with blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher and driving with a suspended license.
The crash took place the night of July 18, 2016 in the unincorporated community of Valinda in Los Angeles County. California Highway Patrol officers said Lopez was driving an Acura above the speed limit and didn’t stop at a stop sign. Police tried to pull him over, but he didn’t stop and accelerated. As Lopez’s Acura traveled west on Francisquito Avenue, it ran a stop sign and struck a Nissan Maxima traveling north on Walnut Avenue. The Nissan in turn hit a Ford Expedition SUV. The Nissan’s driver was injured along with her two daughters, 7 and 19 months old. The driver and five passengers in the Expedition were also injured.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this crash. We hope none of the injuries were serious and wish the victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles DUI Statistics
According to CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Record System (SWITRS), there were 30 fatalities and 564 injuries reported as a result of drunk driving crashes in the year 2013. During the same year, countywide, 217 people died and 4,251 were injured as a result of DUI collisions.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver in this case was not only driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent, but evaded the authorities, failed to stop at a stop sign and struck two other vehicles injuring several people. In addition, he also had a prior DUI conviction. This incident is an example of how dangerous repeat DUI offenders make our roadways.
In addition to facing criminal penalties, these individuals must also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Even if he is convicted of the criminal charges, the victims who are currently facing medical expenses and other losses will not receive monetary compensation for their losses. It would be in their best interest to contact an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights and ensure that they are fairly compensated for their losses.