At about 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, a driver was killed and his passenger seriously injured in a suspected DUI crash in Bakersfield. While traveling northbound on Coffee Road near Brimhall, 26-year-old Raul Angulo Lopez struck the center divider, his vehicle coming to a rest on its side against a tree. Lopez was transported to a hospital in Fresno, where he succumbed to his injuries. His passenger was taken to Kern County hospital to receive treatment for major trauma. Authorities are investigating whether alcohol or drugs contributed to the accident.
“The investigation into a fatal crash can take several weeks to complete,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “during which time the family of the victims may have difficulty obtaining all of the information concerning the accident.”
Bakersfield accounted for 18 of the 136 fatalities and 1,386 of the 4,313 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic collisions in Kern County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol was a contributing factor in 61 of the fatal and 450 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Raul Angulo Lopez, the driver who was killed in the crash last Wednesday. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the passenger who was seriously injured.
Bakersfieldnow.com originally reported this suspected DUI crash.
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