David Mack, 25, was killed in a Los Angeles car accident involving a suspected DUI driver. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of Seventh and Olive streets in Los Angeles, during the early morning hours of November 21, 2011. Officials say a sedan driven by 30-year-old Patrick Traylor turned in front of the motorcyclist. The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the sedan. Mack died at the scene. A passenger in the car was transported to an area hospital for facial and head lacerations. Traylor was arrested on suspicion of murder. Officials suspect he was driving under the influence.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of David Mack for their tragic loss. I wish the injured passenger here the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Los Angeles DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 83 people were killed and 2,218 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Los Angeles. During that same year, 204 fatalities and 4,672 injuries occurred due to Los Angeles County DUI collisions.
Based on this news report, not only did the car’s driver make an unsafe turn in front of the motorcyclist, but he may have also been under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time. 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 this case, Traylor is facing murder charges. It is not yet clear if he had any prior DUI convictions.
In cases where wrongdoing or negligence is involved, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages to cover medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future wages and benefits, and loss of companionship. Families of victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who has a proven track record of holding DUI drivers accountable for their actions. 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.