Girl, 17, killed in West Covina car

Posted on October 9, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
A grim scene unfolded in West Covina recently, as a teenager was killed in a car accident that may have involved drugs or alcohol. Sadly, motor vehicle accidents involving drugs or alcohol can turn deadly not just for the driver under the influence, but for passengers as well.

Authorities identified the victim as a 17-year-old El Monte girl. They say she was not wearing a seatbelt and was one of four people in a compact car being driven by a 21-year-old woman. The driver and the other two individuals in the car were reportedly hospitalized after the wreck. Authorities say they arrested driver of the car on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

According to police, the car was being driven at an unsafe speed when it hit the back of an SUV and then went on to collide with anothercar. None of the passengers of the SUV or third car sustained any serious injury, police said.

When drugs or alcohol are suspected of having been a contributing factor to an auto accident, victims may be able to obtain compensation from the drunk driver through civil litigation. Police reports are especially useful in such a case, as they often include the results of any blood alcohol concentration tests performed. California requires BAC testing when a victim dies within 24 hours of an accident. Such test results could be key in proving liability.

Accidents like these serve as somber reminders that we should always wear a safety belt, never drink and drive, and never accept a ride from someone who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Fortunately, victims of car accidents involving drunk drivers may be entitled to seek recourse through the judicial system to compensate them for their losses and to help them move forward from the tragedy.

Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune, “Teen killed, woman suspected of DUI following 10 Freeway crash in West Covina,” Bryan Day, Oct. 3, 2012.

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