Eagle Rock: Wrong-Way 134 Freeway Crash Killed One, Injured Another
Posted on Jan 27, 2014
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, January 26, 2014, a wrong-way crash on the 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock killed one man and seriously injured another, reported the Los Angeles Times. A 60-year-old man from Duarte struck another vehicle head-on while traveling in the wrong direction on the freeway. A third car then crashed into the wreckage of the initial collision, striking two men from San Fernando who were standing near it. Emergency responders pronounced the 53-year-old man dead at the scene. The 20-year-old man was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for major trauma, along with three occupants of the third vehicle who suffered minor injuries. Authorities arrested the Duarte man on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Throughout Los Angeles County, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of 314 people and caused injury to another 62,447 in 2011, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 184 of the fatal and 4,320 of the injury accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County that year. Traveling on the wrong side of the road was a primary collision factor in 146 of the crashes that resulted in death and 7,036 of those that caused injury in the state.
Those who have been injured in or lost loved ones to traffic accidents in California have recourse through the civil justice system and may hold the parties that caused the accident liable for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses. For more information on the civil claims process after a crash, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the wrong way crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.