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San Bernardino: Araceli Urbano Killed in Crash with DUI Driver

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

On Sunday, October 12, 2014, 30-year-old Araceli Urbano, of San Bernardino, was killed in a crash with a DUI driver in that city, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling northbound in a silver 2004 Chevy Impala, 30-year-old Melvin Isiah Jones entered the intersection of Sixth and D streets just before 11 a.m. and crashed into the passenger side of the white 1997 Toyota Corolla in which Urbano was the front seat passenger. Emergency responders extricated her from the wreckage and transported her to an area hospital, where she died. Victor Hernandez, the driver of the Toyota and Urbano’s husband, was taken to the hospital, along with her two children, to receive treatment for minor injuries. Jones fled the scene on foot but, thanks to the help of witnesses, was apprehended about a block away. He was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, and felony hit-and-run. 


Motor vehicle collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 978 people in the city of San Bernardino in 2011, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 110 of the fatal and injury collisions. Compared to 54 other cities with populations of between 100,001 and 250,000, San Bernardino ranked poorly for alcohol-related crashes, placing 16th in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. The city placed 23rd for auto accidents resulting in injury or death. 


When a motorist breaks the law and seriously or fatally harms others, he or she may be held liable for the expense of the victims’ recoveries or of their families’ losses through the personal injury or wrongful death claims process. For more information, 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 family of Araceli Urbano. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Victor Hernandez and their two children. 

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