Police arrested a suspected drunk driver at the scene of a tragic accident in Anaheim.
On October 19, a family of five was waiting at a stoplight near Euclid Street and La Palma Avenue. Suddenly, a black pickup truck slammed into the back of their Toyota Camry, pushing the car into the intersection.
A Honda Civic also collided with the Camry before things finally settled. Six people had to be taken to area hospitals, including both parents and two siblings from the Camry. The Honda driver also suffered moderate injuries.
Witnesses reported seeing paramedics working frantically to revive a 10-year-old boy with CPR compressions and a portable defibrillator. Tragically, he never recovered from his injuries, passing away a short time later at Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
Onlookers also reported that the driver of the pickup truck got out of his car and attempted to blend in with the crowd until witnesses pointed him out to police. The 41-year-old man was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving after he failed field sobriety tests.
Cases like this only drive home the fact that there is never an excuse to drive drunk. Drivers may think they can handle the consequences of their actions, but they have no control over how their decisions may impact others.
This man’s selfish choices and reckless driving injured multiple people, killed a child and tore a family apart. Luckily, he was apprehended and will face criminal charges, but that may be of little comfort to a family suffering from physical injuries as well as the loss of their child.
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Even if the man is convicted, the family he injured is still looking at thousands of dollars in hospital bills, lost wages and funeral arrangements. After tragic events like this, the added financial burden can make life difficult as the family tries to heal and move on.
Frederick M. Dudek is a civil attorney who has spent years defending car accident and injury victims in the San Diego area. He knows that nothing can replace the life of a child, but he still fights to punish drunk drivers and get the best compensation for victims.
If a drunk driver caused your injuries, hold him or her accountable. Call Dudek Law Firm to learn more about your options today.
[Did You Know: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14.]
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