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California Driver Dies in DUI Hit-and-Run

A driver in San Jose lost his life in a hit-and-run accident. According to the California Highway Patrol, the 37-year-old man was traveling down Highway 101, when he was struck by a 35-year-old hit-and-run driver.

Following, the tragic collision, the hit-and-run driver remained at large, but not for long. Police located the man’s damaged Nissan along Great American Parkway. Not long after that, they found the driver, who had hidden behind a nearby dumpster. Police apprehended the man and have since charged him with felony hit-and-run, manslaughter and DUI.

Police investigators believe that the DUI driver hit the deceased driver’s white sedan at approximately 12:22 a.m. The DUI driver then fled the accident scene. The impact of the collision sent the white sedan flying into the median. It was there that it was struck a second time, by an In-and-Out Burger truck.

The second collision sent the white sedan across traffic, where it collided with a sound wall. The sedan then burst into flames. Tragically, the driver was trapped inside the burning car and could not be saved. The incident resulted in the closure of Highway 101’s northbound lanes for approximately 2.5 hours while authorities completed their investigations.

This accident is a relevant example of a fatal DUI collision. It is a tragedy whenever someone loses his or her life due to another driver’s unconscionable decision to endanger others by choosing to drive while intoxicated. Tragically, there is no way to right such an unfortunate wrong. Even if it is possible to pursue a successful wrongful death claim related to the accident, no amount of money and no amount of litigation can ever bring back a loved one.

Source:, “Driver killed in fiery San Jose freeway crash,” Janine De La Vega,, April. 07, 2015