A waste management employee identified as Michael Jodoin was killed in a fatal DUI accident in Nevada county on Monday morning, August 3.
According to the local authorities’ initial reports, the accident transpired at around 8:43 a.m. along McCourtney Road near the Fairgrounds. The victim was reportedly cleaning on the road’s side when a black 2020 Dodge Charger suddenly struck him on the shoulder of McCourtney Road, near Gate 4.
The Dodge Charger driver was driving erratically before the accident. The vehicle fled the scene. The victim was immediately transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital but was sadly later pronounced dead.
Officers later located the suspect three miles away when she called for a private tow. She was identified as Amy Hannan, a 47-year-old woman from Grass Valley. Officers determined that the suspect was under the influence at the time of the accident. The suspect was arrested on charges of DUI causing significant bodily injury, felony hit-and-run causing death or injury, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Fatal DUI Accident Investigation is Underway
The fatal accident is now under investigation by the local authorities. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most reckless and irresponsible things a driver can do. It won’t put their lives in danger, but it can potentially endanger other people’s lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people in the U.S. die every day due to drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving accounts for about 29 percent of all motor vehicle accident fatalities in the U.S. Around 61 percent of these drivers have a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher.
When facing cases like this, it’s vital to have an experienced Nevada County wrongful death attorney specializing in fatal DUI pedestrian accidents to conduct an independent investigation. They can re-interview important witnesses, review relevant surveillance footage from the scene, and obtain the responsible party’s phone and texting records.
Nevada County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal DUI Accidents
Suddenly losing a loved one due to a fatal DUI accident can be quite devastating. The victim’s family is encouraged to pursue a wrongful death claim while waiting for the official investigation results. Through the wrongful death claim, the victim’s family can seek financial compensation for the damages such as funeral costs, loss of income and companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma that the fatal accident has caused them.
Attorneys can serve as a compassionate, helpful legal guide during this difficult time for the grieving family. They will vigorously fight for their client’s rights and best interests while ensuring that the liable party will be held accountable for their negligence. Attorneys can also negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of their clients to ensure they are compensated fairly.
If you have a nagging suspicion that someone is to blame for your spouse or family member’s death or injury, contact Arash Law. We have the resources you need to pursue justice for wrongful death and the experience to ensure fair compensation. We’re conveniently located throughout California, with offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego, and are happy to visit you. Call (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation with a wrongful death attorney in California.