At about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, a 7-year-old boy was killed and two others were injured in a DUI crash near Point Mugu in Ventura County, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling northbound on Pacific Coast Highway in a Ford Mustang, 34-year-old Latoya Najar lost control of the vehicle, which swerved to the right, left the road, and crashed into a dirt berm, a tree, and a concrete wall. It came to rest on its roof. The 7-year-old boy, who was one of Najar’s sons, died at the scene. Her 12-year-old son sustained a broken arm, and an adult female passenger, 33, suffered major trauma. Najar was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter, and child endangerment.
Throughout Ventura County, motor vehicle crashes claimed the lives of or caused injury to 4,803 people in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current crash data. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 473 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in the county. That year, 3,371 of the people who were killed in DUI crashes were not the drunk driver; 91 of the victims were children under the age of 15 years old.
When an individual harms others while driving under the influence, he or she may be held liable for the expenses associated with the victims’ recoveries and their families’ losses in addition to facing criminal charges. For more information, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the boy who was killed in this crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the boy and the woman who suffered injury.
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