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DUI Collision in Los Angeles Injures Two CHP Officers


California Highway Patrol officers Raliegh Quinones and Jeremy Tolen were injured in a Los Angeles car accident after a suspected drink driver slammed into their patrol vehicle on the 605 Freeway. The Los Angeles Times reports that Quinones and Tolen were traveling north on the freeway near Santa Fe Springs the night of October 27, 2010, when they parked behind an unoccupied and disabled SUV on the right shoulder.

It was then that a pickup truck driven by Lazaro Ramirez crashed into the rear of the patrol vehicle at about 65 mph with the officers still inside. The impact pushed the patrol car into the SUV ahead and traffic lanes where a Toyota Highlander driven by Elizabeth Retiza hit it. The CHP officers sustained injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening. Retiza was uninjured in the accident. Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

It is indeed fortunate that these CHP officers were not fatally injured in this car accident, given its speed and impact. I wish the injured victims of this car accident the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.

DUI Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one fatality and 34 injuries were reported as a result of DUI collisions in Santa Fe Springs. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 258 people died and 4,832 were injured as a result of alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.

Drunk Driving Law and Liability Issues

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime under California law. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “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.”

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. In this case, since the officers were on-the-job, they will also be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. Car accident victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has experience and a successful track record holding drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions.

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