Shortly before midnight on Friday, April 1, passenger Dana Acosta was killed in an alcohol-related crash in Long Beach. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Heriberto Cervantes, was traveling north on Atlantic Avenue with his headlights off when he failed to heed a red light at Wardlow Road. When he swerved to avoid striking another vehicle, he crashed into a palm tree, the impact delivering fatal injuries to Acosta. They were taken to a local hospital, where Acosta later died. Cervantes faces several charges when he is released from the hospital, including felony gross vehicular manslaughter, felony drunk driving, and driving on a suspended license, explains a California injury lawyer.
In the United States, one person is killed every 48 minutes in an alcohol-related crash, with nearly one-third of accident fatalities attributable to an impaired driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities-fatalities in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of 0.08 or greater-decreased by 7.6 percent, from 1,025 in 2008 to 950 in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. That year, alcohol was a factor in 166 of the 1,664 fatalities and injuries suffered in traffic accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Dana Acosta, the passenger killed in the alcohol-related crash in Long Beach last Friday.
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