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Man charged with murder, DUI after crash kills four people

On Feb. 17, four people lost their lives in a two-vehicle accident in California. One of the drivers was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving.

According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the defendant, a 28-year-old Buena Park man, was driving a black Jeep west on Fourth Street in Santa Ana at around 2:30 a.m. when he collided with a white Chevrolet pickup truck driving south on Tustin Avenue. The force of the collision caused both vehicles to flip over several times, and at least one vehicle caught fire.

An off-duty firefighter and his wife, a nurse, were among the first on the scene. They put out the fire and attempted to render aid to the victims. Unfortunately, all four occupants of the pickup truck were killed in the crash. The police said that the driver of the Jeep was "extremely" drunk. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of trauma injuries suffered in the crash. He was later arrested and charged with suspicion of four counts of murder and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing great bodily injury or death. His bail was set at $4 million.

Families who lose loved ones in drunk driving car accidents have the right to file a wrongful death claim against the impaired driver who caused the collision. While a lawsuit can never replace lost lives, it could help grieving family members obtain compensation for funeral and burial costs, loss of income, loss of companionship and more. Victims who are injured in drunk driving crashes also have the right to sue the responsible driver. By filing a personal injury claim, they could receive a settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages and other related damages.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Four Killed in Suspected Drunk Driving Crash in Santa Ana," Feb. 17, 2019

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