At about 12:40 a.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, a suspected drunk driver struck a disabled vehicle on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights, killing a teenage girl and seriously injuring two others. While traveling at approximately 60 miles an hour in a Honda Civic, 28-year-old Tina Silva veered onto the right shoulder, crashing into a parked Toyota Corolla and a 13-year-old girl and a 41-year-old woman who were standing nearby. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman suffered major trauma and a boy who was sitting inside the Toyota at the time of the collision sustained moderate injuries. Silva was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“In addition to criminal charges, those who drive while intoxicated may also face civil actions in the event that they cause harm to others,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 390 passenger vehicle occupants and injured another 64,178 in Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol contributed to 204 of the fatal and 4,672 of the injury collisions that occurred in the state.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the teenage girl who was killed in the collision involving the drunk driver. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman and boy who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Hacienda Heights accident.
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