A California driver who is accused of causing a fatal car accident in the San Joaquin Valley is thought to have been drunk at the time of the collision on Oct. 22. The tragic accident killed five people, according to news reports. Even though the 28-year-old has not yet been officially charged in the incident, he is considered a suspect in the horrifying wreck.
Killed in the crash were two adults: a 32-year-old man and his 31-year-old pregnant wife. Three of the couple’s four children were also killed in the crash, ages 12, 6 and 5. One child, age 9, survived the incident. That youngster remains in critical condition from injuries suffered during the crash. The family is establishing a trust fund for the young child, who likely has a long road to recovery ahead.
Authorities say that the man may have been drinking apple vodka with his relatives shortly before causing the crash. Investigators say they noticed that the man smelled strongly of alcohol after the crash; he was pinned inside his GMC Yukon after the collision. The crash happened less than 1.5 miles from the home the defendant shares with his parents.
The defendant’s father told investigators that he had started drinking with his son in the mid-afternoon, when the defendant brought home a large bottle of vodka. The pair finished the vodka, according to the man’s father. Investigators note that the father’s statement was somewhat incoherent because he also appeared to be inebriated that evening.
Relatives of the victims in the case are calling for an intensive investigation into the matter, as they think justice should be served upon the man who caused the tragic crash. In this and many other accident cases, relatives of victims killed by other drivers can consider seeking financial compensation from the at-fault vehicle operator. Everyone deserves to drive safely on the state’s roads, and drivers who jeopardize others’ welfare should have to pay the financial price in civil court for their bad decisions.