Four people have been killed in a Santa Ana car accident early morning on Feb. 17, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a KTLA news report, officials detained Vincent Michael Calvo, 28, of Buena Park at the scene and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. KTLA reported that Calvo told them he was “innocent” as officers placed him in a patrol vehicle.
Crash Caught on Camera
But, police say, Calvo sped through a red light at the intersection of Fourth Street and Tustin Avenue in a Jeep. He slammed into a southbound Chevy pickup truck causing both vehicles to flip over. Officials said surveillance video from a nearby gas station captured the crash. A nurse and her husband, an off-duty firefighter, were in the area at the time of the incident and tried to render aid to the injured.
The firefighter also extinguished the flames ignited in the crash before crews arrived, officials said. The four occupants of the pickup truck were all pronounced dead at the scene. Calvo, the sole occupant of the Jeep was transported to the hospital where he allegedly attempted to leave. It was there that officials placed him under arrest for investigation for driving under the influence. He could potentially face vehicular manslaughter charges, police said.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of these deceased victims. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
DUI Crash Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. That amounts to one person killed in a DUI crash every 48 minutes in 2017. These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades. Still, DUI crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year.
Justice for Victims and Families
Based on this news report, it appears that the investigation into whether Calvo was intoxicated or not, is still ongoing. However, officials say, he was driving recklessly at the time, speeding through a red light and striking the vehicle carrying the four victims. In such cases where negligence and/or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and emotional stress. An experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to help families better understand their legal rights and options.