Westminster: Vivian Nguyen Killed in Police Chase Crash
Posted on Apr 04, 2014
Shortly after 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 12-year-old Vivian Nguyen was killed and her sister and mother were injured in a crash involving a police pursuit in Westminster, reported the Los Angeles Times. When police officers attempted to pull over 26-year-old Aleksander Apostoloic on drug trafficking and weapons charges, he rammed their patrol car and fled northbound on Olive Street. He then turned left onto Trask Avenue and broadsided the minivan in which Nguyen and her family were riding. Nguyen suffered fatal trauma. Emergency responders transported her sister and mother to area hospitals. Apostoloic fled into the neighborhood and, after an extensive search, was apprehended later that night and arrested on suspicion of murder, evading arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, drug trafficking, and weapons violations.
The most current accident statistics available from the California Highway Patrol indicate that motor vehicle collisions claimed 2 lives and injured 682 people in Westminster in 2011. Throughout Orange County, 88 people were killed and another 682 were injured in crashes. Statewide, more than 300 people have been killed and 10,000 injured in police chases in the last decade, more than by stray bullets.
When a driver seriously or fatally harms others while violating the law, he or she may face criminal and civil charges, as the state will penalize the driver for his or her actions and the victims or their families will hold the driver liable for any injury or loss they suffered. 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 Vivian Nguyen. We would also like to wish a full recovery to her sister and mother.