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Man Killed in Suspected DUI Crash in Torrance


A male pedestrian was fatally injured after he was struck by a motorist who officials say may have been under the influence of drugs. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred the morning of March 16 at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Maricopa Street. Police say a 2018 Nissan Sentra traveling south on Crenshaw Boulevard through Maricopa Street on a green light collided with the pedestrian who was walking westbound outside the crosswalk.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and treated the victim who suffered major injuries. He died at the scene. The driver of the Nissan, 30-year-old Erica Deleon, was taken into custody after officers recovered suspected narcotics from the driver. She was suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence and without a driver’s license. Deleon was being held on $100,000 bail. Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to contact the Torrance Police Department at 310-618-5557.

We offer our deepest condolences to the family of this deceased pedestrian for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

DUI Statistics and Laws

According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 30 others were injured as a result of DUI crashes in the city of Torrance. In Los Angeles County as a whole, 179 fatalities and 4,527 injuries were reported due to DUI-related crashes during the same year.

Based on this news report, officials say, the driver had the green light and the pedestrian was walking outside the crosswalk at the intersection. California Vehicle Code Section 21954 states: “Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard.” The same section also states: “The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.”

Justice for Victims

In such cases, DUI drivers, in addition to facing criminal charges can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Los Angeles DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to stay abreast of the official investigation and help victims’ families protect their legal rights.



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