At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 29th, a drunk driver struck and killed 23-year-old George Deirkarkourian on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar. While traveling in a 2012 BMW in eastbound lanes, 32-year-old Sheng-Ting Shih failed to decelerate for traffic and rear-ended the 2001 Ford Deirkarkourian was driving, the impact sending it into the rear and side of two other vehicles. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Authorities arrested Shih on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
“In addition to criminal charges, drunk drivers who cause serious or fatal harm to others may also face civil actions,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “oftentimes in the form of a personal injury or a wrongful death claim.”
Diamond Bar accounted for 2 of the 390 fatalities and 433 of the 64,178 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic collisions throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 3,081 passenger vehicle occupants in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of George Deirkarkourian, the driver who was struck and killed on the 60 Freeway on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Diamond Bar accident.
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