A child was possibly injured after a DUI hit-and-run multi-vehicle crash in Santa Clarita Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2023.
The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station responded to a report of a multi-vehicle crash around 3:30 p.m. west of Lost Canyon Road, in the 27400 block of Sophia Lane, located in Canyon Country.
Deputy Arriaga, the spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station, claimed that 29-year-old Neri P., from Santa Clarita, was seen running away from his gray sedan after crashing into multiple vehicles while accompanied by a young girl.
The authorities apprehended Portillomunez at 4:10 p.m. He was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, driving with a suspended license, hit-and-run, and driving under the influence.
According to LASD records online, he was booked at 8:20 p.m. and released the following morning with a citation in place of $25,000 bail. He was due back in court in Valencia in August.
No further details regarding the crash were immediately available.
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DUI Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 37 people are killed in drunk driving accidents in the United States every day, or one every 39 minutes.
In 2020, there were 11,654 traffic fatalities due to drunk driving, a 14% increase from 2019.
A California DUI Management Information System study found that fatal alcohol-related collisions increased by 5.8% between 2016 and 2017. Drunk drivers endanger themselves and other drivers on the road. Furthermore, drunk drivers waste two billion gallons of fuel each year, harming the environment.
In 2019, there were 10,142 drunk driving fatalities in the United States, with California accounting for 949. It results in a state rate of 2.4 per 100,000 population, compared to 3.1 nationally. Drunk driving was responsible for 28.1% of traffic fatalities in the United States in 2014 and 26.3% of fatalities in California.