Six people were injured in a San Bernardino car accident after a suspected drunk driver plowed into a freeway construction zone. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the injury collision occurred early morning on April 11, 2012 on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Pepper Avenue in Colton. California Highway Patrol officials say a red Honda carrying six people crashed through a freeway closure where Caltrans workers were resurfacing lanes. The car was traveling about 70 mph and hit a tractor-trailer in the construction zone. The vehicle rolled over and some of the passengers were ejected.
All of the vehicle’s occupants, ages between 15 and 20 years old, were transported to area hospitals. A 17-year-old who was a rear seat passenger suffered a broken neck. Four others suffered head and internal injuries. Officials suspect that no one in the car was buckled up. The driver of the Honda has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
My heart goes out to all the injured victims of this DUI collision. It is indeed fortunate that none of the workers were injured in this horrific crash. Please keep these victims in your thoughts and prayers.
DUI Collision Involving Freeway Workers
Last week, 21-year-old Connor Penhall, son of actor and motorcycle racing legend Bruce Penhall, was hit and killed while on-the-job at a construction zone on the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park. Tatsuhiko Sakamoto has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the incident. Officials say he plowed into the construction zone and fatally struck Connor Penhall.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on the news article, the driver in this case was under the influence. Officials say all the people in the Honda had been drinking and could likely face underage drinking charges. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal under California law. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23136: “It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 years who has a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or greater, as measured by a preliminary alcohol screening test or other chemical test, to drive a vehicle.”
In cases where negligence is involved, injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault driver for damages, injuries and losses. Victims would be well advised to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. 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.