At least two people were injured in a Pasadena car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the DUI crash occurred the night of August 20, 2012 on the 134 Freeway at South San Rafael Avenue. California Highway Patrol officials say 31-year-old John Reynoso was driving a Ford sedan and crashed into the back of a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The Toyota lost control, hit the center divider and broke the wall. The Cruiser’s driver, a 55-year-old man and his female passenger were transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Reynoso was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to the injured victims of this crash. I wish them both the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2010 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), two fatalities and 52 injuries occurred involving DUI collisions in Pasadena. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 197 people died and 4,359 were injured due to alcohol-related collisions during the same year.
DUI Laws in California
Based on this news article, Reynoso was under the influence when he rear-ended the victims’ vehicle. Under California law, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal. 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.” The same section states that it is illegal for drivers to operate a motor vehicle with blood alcohol concentrations of 0.08 percent or higher.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
In such cases, drunk drivers in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held civilly liable for the injuries and damages they case. Injured victims would be well advised to retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers and holding them accountable. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.