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Palm Springs: Passengers Osvaldo Ramirez and Tierra Reagins Killed in DUI Crash

Posted on Sep 06, 2014

At about 3:12 a.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014, passengers Osvaldo Ramirez, 21, and Tierra Reagins, 18, were killed in a DUI crash in Palm Springs, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling northbound in the 2005 Cadillac CTS in which Ramirez and Reagins were riding, the driver Jonathan Eduardo Garcia-Avila, 21, lost control of the vehicle near Gene Autry Trail and Tachevah Drive and crashed into a traffic signal pole on the northeast corner. The Cadillac was sheared into two pieces upon impact. One passenger was partially and the other was fully ejected. Garcia-Avila was arrested on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. 


Throughout the city of Palm Springs, motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 396 people in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 57 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death. In a comparison to 93 other similarly sized cities, the OTS ranked Palm Springs the 4th worst for its incidence of auto collisions and the 2nd worst for DUI crashes. Statewide, alcohol-related traffic fatalities increased from 774 in 2011 to 802 in 2012.


When a family loses a loved one to a traffic accident caused by a drunk driver, they may file a wrongful death claim against that driver in order to obtain compensation for their loss. To learn more, please call 888-752-7474 or contact us online.


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of passengers Osvaldo Ramirez and Tierra Reagins.

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