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Los Angeles: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed Two

Posted on Oct 29, 2012

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, October 28, a drunk driver struck and killed two people in downtown Los Angeles. While traveling at a high rate of speed in a 1989 Mercedes-Benz, 19-year-old Carmen Elena Chavez attempted to turn right onto Crocker Street and lost control of the vehicle, hitting a man and woman who were sleeping on the sidewalk. They were declared dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Chavez on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and vehicular manslaughter. 


“Seriously or fatally injuring others while driving under the influence has both criminal and civil consequences for a driver,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “as the state will penalize the driver for violating traffic safety laws and the victims or their families will hold the driver liable for the expenses associated with their recoveries or losses.”


Throughout Los Angeles County, 346 people were killed and 62,881 were injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol was a contributing factor in 197 of the fatal and 4,359 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county. 


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two people who were struck and killed by the drunk driver.


The Los Angeles Times originally reported this fatal accident.


Resources for accident victims and their families, such as books and articles on the process of filing a civil claim for compensation after a crash resulting in injury or loss, are available to the public free of charge through our office.


If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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