Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11th, five people were injured in a DUI crash in Huntington Beach. While traveling north on Beach Boulevard in a Toyota Camry, 22-year-old Forrest Leland Kelly broadsided a Dodge Durango at Newman Avenue, the impact causing the SUV to rollover. The driver of the Dodge, 28-year-old Thomas William Barrett, and his three passengers were transported to local hospitals for treatment, as was Kelly. Police later arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence. Authorities are investigating the accident and have asked witnesses to call 714-536-5666, explains an Orange County car accident attorney.
Huntington Beach accounted for 9 of the 101 fatalities and 1,204 of the 16,620 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic collisions throughout Orange County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol contributed to 62 of the fatalities and 1,340 of the injuries drivers and passengers suffered in the county that year. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of cities with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the highest rankings, with 1st place considered the worst. Huntington Beach ranked 1st out of 56 cities.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the five people who were injured last Tuesday a full recovery.
The Orange County Register originally reported this DUI crash.
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