Two girls, aged 12 and 13, were injured in an Orange County car accident, which police report, involved a drunk driver. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the injury pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Tustin Street and Quincy Avenue in Orange, the morning of May 31, 2011. The two girls had just stepped off the curb and onto a marked crosswalk, when a 2007 Ford Focus driven by 37-year-old Mitchell Cupery of Costa Mesa struck them.
Both girls suffered serious injuries and as of June 2, 2011, one of the victims was still in the hospital. Officials say Cupery left the scene of the crash. The authorities tracked down the hit-and-run driver and arrested him on charges including DUI, hit-and-run with permanent injury, and driving on a suspended license.
My thoughts and prayers are with the two young victims injured in this terrible Orange County pedestrian accident. I wish them both a complete and speedy recovery.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), four people were killed and 89 were injured in Orange DUI collisions. During that same year, there were 62 fatalities and 1,492 injuries reported involving alcohol-related crashes in Orange County.
Violation of Laws
Based on this news report, the teen pedestrians were utilizing a crosswalk at the time of the accident, and the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Under California Vehicle Code Section 21950, drivers must yield right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the road in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Also, 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.”
The driver in this case not only mowed down the two children who were walking in a crosswalk, but also fled the scene, leaving the victims injured on the roadway! This is an act that shows a callous disregard for a fellow human being. I’m relieved that this dangerous driver, who apparently has DUI and drug possession convictions on his record, has been apprehended.
Victims and families of reckless drivers may pursue financial compensation from the at-fault driver by filing a personal injury claim. In such cases, victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, surgeries, rehabilitation and other related damages. A skilled Orange County personal injury lawyer will be able to better advise victims about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault motorist is uninsured or underinsured. 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.
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