The California Highway Patrol has reported that a woman was killed, and nine other road users were injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Orange County during the early morning hours of August 23. A 22-year-old Nevada man thought to be responsible was taken into custody at the scene on drunk driving charges, according to media reports. The accident took place on Interstate 5 near Alton Parkway at approximately 1:30 a.m.
Police say that several motorists called 911 just moments before the crash to report a Dodge Challenger being driven erratically at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Initial reports do not provide details about the sequence of events, but officers say that they arrived at the scene to find the Dodge and a silver minivan badly damaged. The 24-year-old Chula Vista woman who had been behind the wheel of the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics. Her 6-month-old child was discovered in the back of the minivan still buckled into his car seat, according to reports.
Police say that the driver of the Dodge was found lying at the side of the road. Officers at the scene say that he was barely coherent and showed clear signs of intoxication. Nine vehicles total were involved in the chain-reaction crash. Nine people, including the 6-month-old baby and two young boys, were transported by ambulance to nearby trauma centers.
Drunk drivers in California who cause fatal car accidents can be charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated or DUI murder. These are serious criminal charges that can lead to intoxicated motorists being sent to prison for decades or even life, but that does not mean that their victims are unable to pursue legal remedies to compensate them for their injury, loss or damage. In such situations, experienced personal injury attorneys may initiate litigation against the drunk driver's estate or auto insurance company.
Source: The Lake Forest Patch, Suspected DUI Crash On I-5 Leaves 1 Dead, 8 Injured, Ashley Ludwig, August 23, 2018