A woman waiting at a bus stop died after she was struck in a chain-reaction car accident, which police say, was caused by a motorist driving under the influence of drugs the morning of Dec. 6 in Santa Ana. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred at the intersection of 15th Street and Main Street. Surveillance video obtained by traffic investigators show a Chevy Malibu traveling south on Main Street near 15th Street rear-ending a white Ford Ranger.
The footage shows both vehicles going up the sidewalk. The pickup truck then spun out and hit a third vehicle. The 31-year-old woman who was struck was transported to a hospital where she died from her injuries. The three drivers complained of pain but were not hospitalized. Officials said it was raining heavily at the time and that the driver of the Chevy Malibu was under the influence of drugs. He was later identified as 45-year-old Geoffrey William Bicking. Officials said he has a history of similar offenses.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of the woman who was fatally injured in this DUI crash. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
The Problem of Drugged Driving
Under California Vehicle Code 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Apart from being illegal, driving under the influence of drugs is extremely dangerous. The effects of specific drugs differ depending on how they act in the brain. For instance, marijuana could slow reaction time, impair judgment of time and distance and decrease coordination. Drivers who use cocaine or meth can be aggressive and reckless while driving. Certain types of sedatives could cause dizziness and drowsiness. All of these types of impairments could lead to deadly crashes.
Justice for Victims
In addition to facing criminal charges, drugged drivers who cause accidents may also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is a factor, families of deceased accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love, care and companionship.
Those who have lost a loved one in a DUI crash would be well advised to contact an experienced Orange County DUI victims’ lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their rights are protected every step of the way.