One man was killed and four others were injured in what officials describe as a suspected DUI crash in Monterey Park.
According to a news report in the Pasadena Star-News, the fatal collision occurred the night of April 9, 2015 in the 300 block of Garvey Avenue.
Police say the Cadillac was heading east on Garvey Avenue at a high rate of speed when it rear-ended a
BMW. The car rolled over but ended upright and one of its tires was sheared off.
The Cadillac’s front passenger, a 20-year-old man, was killed in the crash. Two passengers from each vehicle were transported to area hospitals with injuries.
Police suspect that the Cadillac’s driver was under the influence. They said bottles and balloons were found in the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim. We wish the injured victims the very best for a quick and full recovery.
LA DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 19 were injured due to DUI collisions in the city of Monterey Park.
In Los Angeles County as a whole, 213 fatalities and 4,261 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol- and drug-related crashes.
Laws and Liability Issues
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
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.” A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).
In addition to facing criminal charges, impaired drivers could also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they’ve caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, rehabilitation and pain and suffering.
Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation as well.
Victims or their families in such cases would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney who has successfully pursued DUI drivers for damages.