Two unidentified people were killed after the vehicle they were riding was struck by a drunk driver in Prunedale on Saturday evening, September 26.
The fatal collision occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. on San Miguel Canyon Road near Mark Ryan Estates. The two victims were riding a Nissan on the roadway when they were suddenly struck by a Chevy truck driven by 21-year-old Joel Gonzales-Garcia. The suspect reportedly crossed the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic then crashed head-on with the Nissan.
Both of the Nissan occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect and four other passengers of the Chevy truck sustained moderate to major injuries from the accident. The four occupants were taken to Natividad Medical Center to receive treatment for their injuries. The suspect was later arrested for driving while under the influence.
Fatal DUI Crash Investigation is Underway
Local authorities are currently investigating the case further. It is apparent in this case that Gonazalez-Garcia is liable for the death of the two victims as he was proven to be driving while under the influence at the time of the accident. Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of the most irresponsible and reckless things a driver can do. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people in the U.S. die each day due to drunk driving accidents.
When facing cases like this, it’s essential to have an experienced Monterey wrongful death attorney specializing in DUI accident cases to conduct an independent probe. Attorneys have the resources to help prove the negligence of the liable party. They can re-interview important witnesses, review related surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain phone and texting records of the responsible party.
Monterey County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal DUI Accidents
It can be quite stressful and overwhelming to suddenly lose a loved one due to a fatal DUI accident. While waiting for the official investigation results, the victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim with their attorney’s help.
Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek compensation for the damages (such as loss of companionship and income, pain and suffering, and emotional distress) that the accident has caused them. Attorneys can survive as a helpful legal guide during these difficult times for the grieving family. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights while ensuring that the negligent driver will be held accountable for their suspected crime.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for the death of your spouse or family member, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death, as well as the experience to ensure that you get fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout the state of California with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, San Diego, and are more than happy to visit you at your home or office.