A 61-year-old woman was killed in a San Diego car accident, which officials suspect involved a suspected drunk driver. According to an NBC San Diego news report, the fatal crash occurred on Carmel Valley Road north of State Route 56 near Camino Del Sur in San Diego. Officials say a 30-year-old man driving a Fiat 500 crossed the center divider and slammed into the victim’s Chevrolet Nova heading in the opposite direction. The woman died at the scene. The driver of the Fiat underwent a roadside sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The driver responsible for this tragic San Diego crash will likely face felony manslaughter charges.
Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in San Diego County. According to the California Highway Patrol, 82 people were killed and 1,626 were injured in alcohol- related crashes in San Diego County in the year 2012. Within the city of San Diego, 24 people were killed and 729 were injured in drunk driving accidents during that same year.
Steps to take if you lose a loved one to a drunk driver:
- Gather contact information from everyone involved in the crash.
- Stay abreast of the ongoing investigation and court proceedings.
- Keep records of financial losses suffered because of the accident.
- Contact a wrongful death attorney to discuss filing a claim.
A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit the family of someone killed by a drunk driver can file to the negligent person financially liable for the accident. A wrongful death claim can result in financial support for burial costs, lost future wages the victim would have earned, lost benefits, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, loss of companionship and other damages. Please contact an experienced wrongful death attorney who will help you get the support you need during this difficult time.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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