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Piru: Drunk Driver Caused Crash that Killed Male Passenger

Posted on Jul 05, 2012

At about 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, a drunk driver caused a crash that killed her male passenger in Piru. While traveling on Piru Canyon Road, the 18-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle while attempting to negotiate a curve. The vehicle left the road and rolled over, coming to a stop 130 feet down an embankment. A 24-year-old male passenger was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular homicide and driving under the influence. 


“Passengers who are injured in traffic collisions may hold the at-fault driver responsible for the cost of their recovery,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis. “If their injuries prove fatal, their family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the driver.” 


Throughout Ventura County, 4,950 people were killed or injured in collisions in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The agency ranked the county 30th out of 58 counties in the state for its incidence of fatal and injury crashes. A high ranking reflects a poor safety record, with 1st place being the highest a county may receive. 


All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the male passenger who was killed in the crash caused by the drunk driver.


The Ventura County Star originally reported this Piru crash.


Additional information on the injury and wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge.


To request a free book or article, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596. 

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