Police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with an Orange County car accident, which killed 23-year-old Nicole Davenport on January 14, 2011. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal car accident occurred at a Lake Forest street intersection when Jose Fernandez-Ramirez ran a red light and struck Davenport’s 2009 Hyundai as she was making a left turn on Bake Parkway. Davenport was transported to Mission Hospital where she died from her injuries. Investigators determined after what they called a “long and tedious” four-month investigation that Ramirez in fact ran a red light at the time. They are seeking gross vehicular manslaughter charges against him. Ramirez was arrested the afternoon of May 4, 2011.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Nicole Davenport for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were six fatalities and 169 injuries involving Lake Forest car accidents. In Orange County as a whole, 152 people died and 13,414 were injured as a result of car accidents in 2008.
Red Light Violation
Based on this report, officials say they investigated this incident for four months in order to determine whether Ramirez ran a red light at the intersection. Running a red light is a serious traffic violation. California Vehicle Code Section 21453 (a) states: “A driver facing a circular red signal shall stop at the limit line before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection, and shall remain stopped until an indication to proceed is shown.” Since the violation resulted in a fatality here, Ramirez may also be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter.
Claim for Compensation
In such cases, at-fault motorists can also be held civilly liable in addition to facing criminal charges. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can seek compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Victims’ families would be well-advised to contact an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable.
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