Three people were killed in a North Hills crash, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver.
According to a KABC news report, the fatal crash occurred in the 8300 block of N. Haskell Avenue early morning on August 9, 2015.
Three of the four men in the Corolla were killed and the fourth was hospitalized in critical condition.
Riley Holman, 19, the driver of the Jeep, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. But, he was later arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
After the initial collision, the Corolla spun out and hit a Honda Accord. The driver of the Honda suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials are trying to reconstruct the accident to figure out if speed or any other factors were involved. The investigation is ongoing.
We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the deceased victims. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
We also wish the critically injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
DUI Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2012 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) there were 79 fatalities and 2,015 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions.
During the same year, 213 people died and 4,261 were injured due to alcohol- or drug-related crashes in Los Angeles County.
California DUI Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Jeep was under the influence at the time of the crash.
Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also against the law to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.
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, in addition to criminal charges, DUI drivers can be held civilly liable for the deaths as well.
In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families can file a civil wrongful death claim, seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.
Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries and pain and suffering.
An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.