An unidentified 14-year-old girl from Guerneville was killed after a deadly DUI collision in Santa Rosa on Monday afternoon, December 28.
The accident took place in the area of Piner Road and Bay Village Circle in Santa Rosa at approximately 1:00 p.m. Two unspecified vehicles reportedly collided at the intersection. The circumstances leading up to the crash have not been established.
Authorities later determined that one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. She was identified as a 16-year-old girl from Santa Rosa. Her name has not been released.
The teenage driver initially fled the scene but was later located by authorities near Coffey Lane and Piner Road’s intersection. A 14-year-old girl sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses that can provide helpful information about the accident are encouraged to contact the Violent Crimes Team at 707-543-3590.
Fatal DUI Accident Investigation is Underway
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 just put their lives in danger, but it can potentially endanger other people’s lives.
Leaving the scene after an accident is a crime in itself as well. The suspect will most likely face both DUI and hit-and-run charges after the investigation.
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 sixty-one 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 Sonoma 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.
Wrongful Death Attorney for Victims of Fatal DUI Accidents in Sonoma County
The victim’s family may be left vulnerable to manipulation by either the other party or insurance companies as they are still undergoing the process of grief.
The sudden loss of their loved one may leave a lasting negative impact on the victim’s family. Although they cannot bring their loved ones back to life, they can still give their loved one’s justice and receive the compensation they rightfully deserve through the wrongful death claim.
The wrongful death claim allows the victim’s family to receive compensation for the damages such as funeral costs, loss of income and companionship, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma that the fatal DUI accident has caused them.
Our lawyers from Arash Law are equipped with resources that can help you increase the chances of winning your case. Don’t delay. Call us today at (888) 488-1391 for a FREE Consultation. You may also visit our offices in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Orange County, and San Diego for any inquiries and concerns.