Despite decades of warnings, public safety campaigns and increasingly harsh penalties, some in California and beyond have not learned the lesson that drinking and driving can lead to tragedy. In fact, California is among those states with the highest rate of accidents and fatalities related to drunk driving, and millions across the country suffer injuries each year that leave them suffering and struggling.
Recently, these statistics became reality for a local family. A 42-year-old man was using the crosswalk to cross a multi-lane street when a vehicle struck him. The driver did not stop to render aid, call for help or wait for emergency responders. In fact, police say it appears the driver did not even attempt to slow down as he drove through the crosswalk. The victim died of his injuries at the scene.
A tragic outcome
Even though the driver did not stop, police were able to quickly locate and arrest him. Officers reported that he seemed to be under the influence of alcohol and marijuana while driving. They arrested him and charged him with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing injury or death.
Nevertheless, the incident likely left a family and community grieving the loss of their loved one who died in this senseless accident. Sadly, scenes like this play out in California and across the country every day as impaired drivers continue to make the roads and highways hazardous for others. While no amount of compensation can make up for the loss of a loved one, a successful wrongful death claim can send a strong message that drunk driving is intolerable.