Anaheim, CA (December 25, 2022) – On Thursday afternoon, December 22, a multi-car accident was reported in Anaheim that resulted in the 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 driving under the influence of alcohol, 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 series 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 severe injuries and died at the scene of the accident. The coroner’s office later identified the 36-year-old Hawaiian Gardens woman as the deceased victim. Paramedics tended to ten additional 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 reckless and dangerous behavior. There are serious ramifications when choosing to drive drunk and in California, these decisions cause thousands of accidents and fatalities each year. Drinking alcohol severely impairs a person’s driving ability by decreasing reaction times, and negatively affects all senses. Choosing to drive drunk can have serious, life-long consequences. When drivers drive drunk, they often engage in other negligent and risky behaviors such as speeding, driving distracted, tailgating, or driving aggressively. Their chances of causing a serious accident increase 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 deal with, especially when their passing could have been prevented by someone choosing to follow the law and not drive drunk. It’s important to hold the person responsible for their negligent actions. In addition to criminal charges that will be brought against the drunk driver, you may file a wrongful death claim in civil court seeking compensation for damages, which may include medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship. While no monetary value can replace your loved one’s life, filing a wrongful death suit can bring justice and closure to your loved one’s passing and help ease the stress of any financial burdens caused by their death.
If you have lost somebody you love in a fatal DUI accident, speak with a knowledgeable legal advocate that you can help you every step of the process. 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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