Two people were killed in what police believe was a drunk driving accident in Santa Ana. Police received a call about the incident at approximately 8:30 a.m. on July 29. The crash happened close to the corner of West MacArthur Boulevard and South Bristol Street.
Four people were riding in the vehicle including the driver. After the crash, two two of them were trapped inside the Subaru Forester, and police had to rescue them. Emergency responders rushed them to the hospital to receive treatment for their injuries. A 22-year-old man and the 26-year-old driver only suffered non-life-threatening injuries. However, later on Friday, a 23-year-old man succumbed to his injuries related to the crash. Several days later, a 20-year-old woman died from her accident injuries.
Police say that the 26-year-old man who was blamed for the crash caused it by making an unsafe turning maneuver at the above-referenced intersection, police said. Authorities say that he lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a light pole, causing it to flip over. The rollover caused the majority of the injuries. The driver has since been arrested on suspicion of DUI causing serious bodily injury/death and vehicular manslaughter.
Close family members of individuals killed by drunk drivers in California may choose to hold the drunk driver responsible for the loss of their loved ones by filing a wrongful death suit. Although no amount of litigation — and no amount of money — will bring back a loved one lost to such bad behavior, a successfully navigated wrongful death lawsuit could bring family members financial compensation and some sense of closure regarding the incident.
Source: Orange County Register, “Santa Ana crash ends with 1 dead, 1 in custody for possible DUI, and 2 others injured,” Alma Fausto, Ken Steinhardt and Lauren Williams, July 29, 2016