Anaheim, CA (December 24, 2022) – On Thursday afternoon, December 22, a multi-car accident was reported in Anaheim that resulted in the tragic death of one person, and ten others sustained injuries.
According to officials, the accident occurred in the afternoon, around 2:15 p.m. The accident occurred when a driver in an SUV was speeding and allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, south on Magnolia Avenue, heading towards Ball Road. The speeding driver drove through a red light at the intersection and slammed into a sedan. The collision caused by the SUV caused a chain reaction of subsequent collisions with six additional vehicles. The impact of the vehicles was so forceful that it severely damaged the vehicle involved.
Emergency personnel quickly arrived at the scene. Firefighters worked to help free people from their vehicles. The woman driving the sedan that was first crashed into by the speeding SUV sustained very severe injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The name of the deceased victim has not been released at this time, pending notification of her next of kin. Paramedics tended to the additional ten people that were injured and rendered aid to all parties. At least one person was rushed to the hospital for emergency care.
The authorities are still investigating the exact circumstances surrounding the crash and the events leading up to the collision. Police believed alcohol was a factor in this accident and arrested the 36-year-old man on suspicion of DUI. Officials closed off the area surrounding the intersection for a time after the accident.
We offer our sincere condolences to the deceased victim’s family.
Our thoughts are also with the other victims injured in this accident. We hope for their full recovery.
Driving while impaired is extraordinarily dangerous behavior, which causes thousands of accidents and fatalities each year in California. Drinking alcohol or using other drugs severely impairs one’s decision-making ability, decreases reaction times, and negatively affects all senses. Choosing to drive drunk can have serious, life-long consequences. When drivers are engaging in negligent and risky behaviors such as drinking and driving, the chance of a serious accident increases dramatically. In California, it is illegal for any person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, if the person is 21 years old or older, or 0.01% if the person is under 21 years old.
Losing a loved one is never easy to experience, and this is especially the case when their passing could have been prevented by someone choosing to follow the law and not drive drunk. It’s important to hold the drunk driver responsible for their actions. Filing a wrongful death suit against a negligent party can ensure that you get justice for your deceased family member and can help you to cope with their loss.
If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal DUI accident, speak with a legal advocate that you can trust. Contact an Anaheim wrongful death attorney by calling (888) 539-3154 to see how we can help you.
Note: This post was created through the use of secondary sources such as state and local news sources, police accident reports, social media platforms, and eyewitness accounts about serious injury accidents that take place in Orange County. The facts surrounding this accident have not been independently verified, therefore, if any information is incorrect, please contact Russell & Lazarus APC, Personal Injury Lawyer so we can update the post with the most accurate information available. We will remove this post upon request.
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