A 15-year-old skateboarder was critically injured in an Orange car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected DUI driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the teenager was crossing North Wanda Road just north of Katella Avenue the afternoon of May 6, 2016 when a Chevy van, traveling south struck him.
The skateboarder was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The man driving the van, Frederick Ulloa, 28, stopped at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Anyone who saw witnessed this major injury crash is asked to contact the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7342.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the critically injured teen and his family members. We wish him the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
DUI Crashes in Orange County
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2013 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) there were two fatalities and 86 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in the city of Orange. Countywide, 60 people died and 1,235 were injured due to alcohol- and drug-related collisions during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the skateboarder was crossing the street north of an intersection when the motorist struck him. Officials suspect that the driver was under the influence of a controlled substance 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.”
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, in addition to facing criminal charges, DUI drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
An experienced Orange County personal injury attorney will also be able to determine whether a dangerous roadway condition caused or contributed to the incident. If that was the case, the city or governmental agency responsible for maintaining the roadway can also be held liable.