La Habra: Destiney Mendoza and Rochelle Romero Critically Injured and Four Killed in Truck Crash
Posted on Apr 18, 2011
Early Sunday morning, a truck crash in La Habra killed four people and critically injured 25-year-old Destiney Mendoza and 21-year-old Rochelle Romero. 21-year-old David Huizar, Jr., 22-year-old Delora Bravo, 22-year-old Jimmy Alonso Gonzales, and 25-year-old Paul Romero were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. According to authorities, Huizar was driving faster than the 25 mph speed limit on South Walnut Street when he lost control of the truck and slammed into a three-story-tall tree, the impact crushing the vehicle’s roof down to its doors. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to cut away the roof and free the two surviving victims. Beer cans were found inside the vehicle; authorities are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if alcohol was a factor, explains an Orange County truck accident attorney.
In 2009, La Habra accounted for 435 of the 18,867 fatal and injury accidents in Orange County, 49 of which were alcohol-related, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Fatal traffic accidents in which one or more driver had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater decreased by 7.6 percent, from 1,025 in 2008 to 950 in 2009. That year, individuals aged 21-24 accounted for the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes involving alcohol.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of David Huizar Jr., Delora Bravo, Jimmy Alonso Gonzales, and Paul Romero, the four people killed in the truck crash last Sunday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Destiney Mendoza and Rochelle Romero, the two women who were critically injured in the accident.
The Orange County Register originally reported this La Habra accident.
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