One person has been killed in a Santa Ana DUI crash the morning of Dec. 2. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, a preliminary police investigation revealed that a black Acura TL driven by 29-year-old Jesus Segura Herrera was headed north on Grand Avenue when it rear-ended a white Toyota Scion XD at the intersection of South Grand and East McFadden avenues.
The collision between the Acura and Scion sent the Scion across the entire intersection before both vehicles came to rest in the southbound lanes of Grand Avenue north of the intersection, police said. A passenger in the rear of the Toyota was found trapped in the car after the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. Herrera and the other driver and another passenger were transported to hospitals. Officials say Herrera has prior DUI arrests dating back to 2008. The investigation is continuing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased victim for their tragic loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
DUI Crash Statistics
There were 10 deaths and 133 injuries reported as a result of DUI crashes in the city of Santa Ana, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). In Orange County as a whole, 64 fatalities and 1,310 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol-related collisions during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Acura may have been under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 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 such cases, families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This is in addition to any criminal charges the driver may be facing. Families may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship. An experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to stay on top of the official investigation and help protect their legal rights and options.