Three bicyclists were injured in an Orange County car accident involving a suspected DUI driver who left the scene of the crash. According to a news report in The Long Beach Press-Telegram, the hit-and-run accident occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway near Anderson Street in Seal Beach, the morning of February 5, 2012. Officials say Juli Ann Brown, 46, of Anchorage was under the influence of alcohol when she struck the bicyclists and drove away. The extent of the cyclists’ injuries is not known. Brown was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing injuries and felony driving under the influence of a substance.
My thoughts and prayers are with the three injured victims of this bicycle accident. I wish them all the very best for a quick and complete recovery.
Orange County DUI Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person was killed and 19 were injured in Seal Beach DUI collisions. Throughout Orange County, 62 fatalities and 1,340 injuries were reported as a result of DUI collisions, during the same year.
Based on this news report, the female driver struck three bicyclists and left the scene of the crash. Appalling! It is not only unconscionable to leave the scene of a crash, but it is also illegal. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”
Additionally, the driver faces DUI charges here. 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 cases involving negligence or wrongdoing, injured victims would be well advised to contact Orange County personal injury attorneys, who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected. Victims in such cases can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. 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.