A 20-year-old man died in a Huntington Beach auto accident on November 15, 2008, which police say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to an article in The Orange County Register, the victim, who the Orange County Coroner has not yet identified, was stopped at a red light on Goldenwest Street at Edinger Avenue in his Ford Mustang. Moments later, a white Honda Accord heading north on Goldenwest Street slammed into the Mustang, which then caught on fire and was fully engulfed before its driver could be rescued.
The driver of the Honda, 21-year-old Kenneth John McNair of La Mirada, then sideswiped another car stopped at the light before slamming into a 2006 Peterbilt semi tractor trailer. The occupants of the two other vehicles struck by McNair were uninjured. McNair has been arrested and is facing charges of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. If you have more information about this 11/15/08 fatal Huntington Beach crash, please call city police at 714-536-5670.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family of this young man who was tragically killed because of someone else’s negligence and irresponsible behavior. My heart goes out to everybody who knew and loved this young accident victim.
It is illegal in the state of California to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher.
California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a) states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle…and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”
The family of this young Huntington Beach auto accident victim should certainly retain the services of an experienced Orange County auto accident attorney. A reputable attorney will not only financially pursue this drunk driver, but also look at other factors that may have played a role in this accident such as a dangerous intersection or hazardous roadway.
Injuries from DUI auto accidents tend to receive higher jury awards than comparable injuries in a non-DUI car accident. The best attorneys will use this knowledge to their advantage and negotiate a higher settlement for the families of the accident victims.
Please remember, while there is a two-year statute of limitation for auto accident injury cases in California, any claim against a government agency must be filed within 180 days of the accident.