A 42-year-old motorist was struck and killed in a driving under the influence (DUI) crash that took place on January 20 around 4:10 a.m. in Lakeside. As stated by California Highway Patrol, the victim was hit by a 38-year-old driver. The deceased victim was driving his Chevy Astro minivan, towing his wife’s Toyota Tercel when one of the vehicles experienced a mechanical issue.
The deceased victim got out of his car and was walking back to his wife to talk to her through her the driver’s window when a vehicle drifted along the right shoulder of the road and fatally hit him. The victim died instantly. Our law office sends out our condolences to the deceased victim’s family and friends.
The victim’s wife and the alleged drunk driver escaped unhurt in this fatal DUI crash.
California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings said that the man was booked into the San Diego Central Jail for felony vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, around 12,900 people died in DUI crashes in the year 2007. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), 203,866 people were arrested in California for drunk driving in the year 2007.
Dealing with the repercussions of a DUI crash is hard, but one thing that makes things even worse is that the entire episode would have been prevented if a drunken driver had not gotten behind the wheel.
Drunk driving poses grim penalties, such as loss of driver’s license, insurance cancellation, huge fines, and even prison.
A wrongful death claim may be filed against the suspected drunken driver for his conduct, offering the deceased victim’s family an opportunity to seek justice and receive compensation.
To learn more about your rights to a legal action in the wake of a drunken driving accident, contact the DUI accident attorneys of the Jurewitz Law Group at (888) 233-5020.