At least four people were injured in a car accident in El Centro, which officials report, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a KSWT News article, the injury car accident occurred on State Route 111, near Worthington Road, in Imperial County. California Highway Patrol officials say 28-year-old Isaac Beaver ran a red light and hit a car carrying four people, including a teenager and two children, the morning of May 21, 2011. One of the children sustained major injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital. Beaver tried to run away from the scene of the crash, but was arrested and charged with hit-and-run and drunk driving.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this hit-and-run car accident. I wish them all the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 12 were injured in DUI collisions in El Centro. In Imperial County as a whole, six fatalities and 64 injuries were reported due to alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Several Violations of the Law
If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that the driver, Beaver, was not only under the influence at the time, but also ran a red light, caused the collision and ran away from the scene, leaving injured children lying on the roadway. In my book, this is an appalling act of cruelty and callousness. I’m relieved that this individual was arrested promptly and I trust he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious offense 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 this case, he also ran a red light, which is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a). Leaving the scene of a crash or hit-and-run is also illegal under California law. California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Victims’ Claim for Compensation
In such cases, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault party for all medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who has an excellent track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. A skilled car accident attorney will also be able to advise victims and their families about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. 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.
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