A 19-year-old Pacoima woman was fatally injured in a LA County car accident after the vehicle in which she was a passenger crossed into opposing lanes of traffic and crashed into a pickup truck. According to a City News Service report, the car crash occurred in the 9900 block of Glenoaks Boulevard in Sun Valley, the morning of June 20, 2012. Officials say Jesus Felix, 18, was driving a 2002 Volkswagen Passat south on Glenoaks Boulevard near Truesdale Street, when he lost control and entered into oncoming traffic.
The Passat hit a 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by 53-year-old Gagik Harutyunyun of Burbank. The female passenger in the Passat died and Harutyunyun suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Officials are still investigating the incident. Felix has been arrested on suspicion felony vehicular manslaughter.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the woman who has been killed in this car accident. I offer her loved ones my heartfelt condolences. I also wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Los Angeles Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), Los Angeles car accidents caused 227 fatalities and injured 25,043 people in 2009. During the same year, 554 people died and 50,817 were injured due to car accidents in Los Angeles County as a whole.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news article, the driver of the Passat veered into oncoming traffic and caused the collision with the pickup truck. California Vehicle Code Section 21651 (a) states: “Whenever a highway has been divided into two or more roadways by means of intermittent barriers or by means of a dividing section of not less than two feet in width, either unpaved or delineated by curbs, double-parallel lines, or other markings on the roadway, it is unlawful…to drive any vehicle over, upon, or across the dividing section.”
Officials have charged Felix with felony vehicular manslaughter. However, it is not clear what caused the accident. Was Felix under the influence? Was he speeding or driving recklessly? Was he driving distracted? In such cases, the at-fault driver, in addition to facing criminal charges, can also be held civilly liable for the injuries, damages and losses. Injured victims and families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and ensure that the negligent parties are held liable.