Erik, Galdamez, a 29-year-old Long Beach man died in an auto accident in Gorman when the pickup truck he was driving crashed into another truck on State Route 138 east of Gorman, the Los Angeles Times reports. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials believe Galdamez was attempting to make an unsafe pass and may have been driving under the influence at the time of the accident.
Galdamez was reportedly driving eastbound on Route 138 near 300th Street West when he moved to the westbound land to pass a big rig. An oncoming pickup truck tried to slow down and move to the right to avoid a collision, but Galdamez did not react. Galdamez sustained fatal injuries but the driver of the other pickup and his two passengers were not injured.
This accident was obviously the driver’s fault based on CHP reports. He was not only driving under the influence, but was driving on the wrong side of the highway. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the leading cause of traffic accidents in the United States. Just in California, there have been over 1400 deaths and nearly 21,000 injuries for the year 2006. These numbers have been increasing since 2000 according the data from CHP. In this case, the DUI driver died, but often innocent victims die or are severely injured because of drunk drivers.