A 61-year-old woman identified as Kyu C. became a victim of a tragic DUI accident last month, September 27.
Local authorities report 21-year old Luis Marcial D. has been charged on October 14, Thursday, with murder for driving under the influence of drugs after a deadly collision last month, September 27, at Sand Canyon Road and Irvine Center Drive at 4:00 am resulting in the death of Kyu C.
According to Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Kyu C., of Irvine, was driving to work in a Prius when she was struck by a Mercedes-Benz driven by Luis Marcial D., also of Irvine. Diaz is accused of speeding and broadsiding Chen’s vehicle. Diaz was arrested for DUI in Huntington Beach on July 30, 2019, according to Edds.
In California, drivers arrested for DUI are given a Watson warning, which states that if they kill someone while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they will be charged with murder. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer issued a statement saying, “This is a tragedy that should have never happened.” “Just hours before Mrs. Chen was murdered, doctors managed to save the defendant from overdosing on drugs.
Instead of taking that near-death experience to heart, he continued to engage in incredibly dangerous behavior, and it cost Mrs. Chen her life.” It has yet to be determined how Diaz used drugs in between the hospital departure and the crash. He was arrested right after the crash, but Edds said he was released while Irvine police investigated the cause of the crash. Diaz was arrested again on Tuesday and was held in custody on a bail of more than $1 million. Diaz now faces imprisonment of up to 15 years if convicted of charges.
Fatal DUI Collision Statistics
One of the most irresponsible drivers is one who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They will not only jeopardize their own lives, but they may also endanger the lives of others. Driving while intoxicated has the potential to seriously harm people’s lives. Despite the implementation of laws against DUI drivers, the number of DUI accidents in the United States continues to rise.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30 people are killed every day in the United States due to drunk driving accidents. Drunk driving is responsible for roughly 29% of all accidents in the United States. According to a 2017 NHTSA report, California has surpassed New York as the state with the second-highest number of drunk driving fatalities, with approximately 1,120 DUI crashes.
When people drink and drive, they are much more likely to get into accidents that result in serious injuries. This is due to the fact that disabled drivers are more likely to be inattentive or dangerous. Many DUI accidents happen at high speeds.
Orange County Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal DUI Crash Accidents
Losing a loved one as a result of the actions of a DUI driver can be quite frustrating and traumatizing for the victim’s family. DUI drivers unnecessarily put other motorists on the roadway at risk due to their recklessness and negligence. If you have experienced losing the life of a family member in the hands of someone driving under the influence, you have the right to hold them accountable for their negligence.
Filing a wrongful death claim with the assistance of an experienced attorney is the best way to receive compensation for the damages that the accident has caused you. Victims can seek financial compensation through a wrongful death claim for damages they shouldn’t have to bear like loss of income, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
We are proud to be aggressive advocates for the victim’s family at Arash Law. Our firm represents neither the defendants nor the insurance companies. We fight for the rights of injured victims using our skills, knowledge, and legal experience. Following an accident, you and your family require the assistance of the best California DUI victim lawyer. You may also contact us through our hotline (888) 488-1391 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.