Anaheim: Rafael Isaiah Ramirez Killed in Crash with Drunk Driver
Posted on Oct 20, 2014
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10-year-old Rafael Isaiah Ramirez was killed and four of his family members were seriously injured in a crash with a drunk driver in Anaheim, reported the Orange County Register. Forty-one-year-old Gary Stephen Hunt rear-ended the family’s Toyota Camry with his Toyota pickup truck while it was stopped in the southbound lane of Euclid Street at the La Palma Avenue intersection, causing both vehicles to side-swipe a Honda Civic. Emergency responders worked to revive Rafael, known to his friends and family as Isaiah, at the scene. Paramedics then transported him, his two brothers, and their parents, as well as a passenger of the Civic, to the hospital. He died from his injuries there a short time later. Authorities arrested Hunt on suspicion of driving under the influence. On Sunday, family, friends, and witnesses created a memorial with photos and devotional candles for the boy at the scene of the accident.
Someone is killed in a crash involving a drunk driver every 51 minutes in the United States, with alcohol-related accidents claiming the lives of 10,322 people in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year 239 of the 1,168 traffic accidents that claimed the lives of children aged 14 and younger involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Alcohol was a factor in 184 of the 2,075 crashes that resulted in injury or death in Anaheim, with the city ranking 4th out of 13 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety.
When a motorist seriously or fatally harms others while driving under the influence, he or she may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or of their families’ losses. For more information on the personal injury and the wrongful death claims process, 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 Rafael Isaiah Ramirez. We would also like to wish a full recovery to his brothers and parents, as well as to the passenger of the Civic.