Van Nuys: Passenger Killed in DUI Crash
At about 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, a passenger was killed in a DUI crash in Van Nuys. While traveling at a high rate of speed on Van Nuys Boulevard, the 22-year-old male driver lost control of the vehicle near Friar Street, colliding with the curb and a palm tree before crashing into a storefront. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported the driver to a hospital. Manslaughter charges were filed against him upon his release. In addition, authorities suspect alcohol was a factor in the accident, so he may also face charges for driving under the influence.
“In the event that a passenger is killed in a collision, the driver determined to be at fault for the crash may be held civilly liable by the family of the victim for their loss,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people lost their lives or were injured in traffic accidents that occurred in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 6,511 of the crashes that resulted in injury or fatality in the county that year, with Los Angeles ranking 38th out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes; 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the passenger who was killed.
www.ktla.com originally reported this Van Nuys crash.
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