Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
Drunk driving alleged in fatal Anaheim crash

A 34-year-old father who was expecting a second child soon was killed in a car crash in Anaheim, California recently. The crash was caused by an 18-year-old man who was driving a Nissan Maxima at the time. He crashed into a Toyota Camry being driven by the 34-year-old father. Video from the scene shows a vehicle overturned and another severely damaged, with tons of debris strewn about the neighborhood where the crash occurred.

What is known so far is that the police arrested the 18-year-old for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The exact circumstances still aren’t known, but numerous people interviewed for the news story claimed that the street where the accident occurred usually sees people street racing at night. There is a possible connection to the crash, but at this point it is unknown if the 18-year-old was street racing prior to the wreck.

Even if that negligence isn’t involved in this case, the 18-year-old’s decision to get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated is negligent enough. He made a decision to operate a powerful vehicle while his state of mind wasn’t right. As a result of this negligence, a family has been shattered and a father has lost his life.

Drunk driving accidents are so upsetting because they are preventable. No one should choose to get behind the wheel of a car when they have used drugs or consumed alcohol. When people do make this choice, they must be held legally accountable for their actions.

Source: NBC 4, “3-Car Crash Leaves 1 Dead, Another Injured in Anaheim,” Rudy Chincilla, July 30, 2017

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