Boyle Heights: Passenger Killed in DUI Crash
Posted on Jan 09, 2014
At about 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, a passenger was killed in a DUI crash in Boyle Heights, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling on Washington Boulevard, the female driver lost control of the vehicle east of Soto Street, causing it to travel northbound and crash into a curb; the vehicle then left the road and slammed into a power pole. Emergency responders transported the two passengers to the hospital, where one died and the other received treatment for major trauma. The driver sustained minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony manslaughter while driving under the influence. The accident is under investigation.
Drunk driving is a serious traffic safety problem in the United States, claiming 10,322 lives in 2012, 4.6 percent more than in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The majority of these accidents involved motorists with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 or higher, which is nearly twice the legal limit. In 2011, 1,612 of the people killed in DUI crashes were passengers in the drunk drivers’ cars.
When a family loses a loved one to an alcohol-related traffic accident, they may hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss through the civil claims process. For more information on the civil claims process after a fatal accident, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office online.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the passenger who was killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the passenger who was seriously injured.