Long Beach: Alfonso Meraz Killed in Collision with DUI Driver
Posted on Oct 16, 2012
At about 1:37 a.m. on Sunday, October 14, 49-year-old Alfonso Meraz was killed in a collision with a DUI driver in Long Beach. Meraz and 40-year-old Sandra Silva were involved in an argument in the 200 block of Termino Avenue. When Silva attempted to leave in a 2005 Mercedes E500, she struck Meraz. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Silva on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and vehicular manslaughter. Witnesses, or anyone with information about the accident, are asked to call Long Beach Police Department Accident Investigations Detective Sirilo Garcia at 562-570-7355.
“When a driver’s negligence results in a fatal accident, the family of the victim may hold the driver liable by pursuing a wrongful death claim,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Long Beach accounted for 9 of the 198 fatalities and 255 of the 4,786 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety ranked Long Beach 4th out of 13 cities with populations of over 250,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury pedestrian accidents in a rating system in which 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 Alfonso Meraz, the man killed in the collision with the DUI driver.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune originally reported this accident.
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