Shortly after 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, four people were seriously injured in a DUI crash in Winchester. While driving westbound on Highway 74, 26-year-old Edilberto Sixtos rear-ended a vehicle at a stoplight near Winchester Road, running a red light as he fled the scene, veering into opposing lanes of traffic, and colliding head-on with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The impact caused the driver of the Toyota, 20-year-old Ramon Celaya, and his two teenage passengers to suffer major trauma. Emergency responders transported them to an area hospital. Sixtos was also hospitalized and later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run causing injury.
“When a driver harms others while violating traffic safety laws, the driver may face criminal charges from the state and civil actions from the victims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Throughout Riverside County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 164 motor vehicle occupants and injured another 10,594 in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, alcohol was a contributing factor in 69 of the fatal and 930 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to Ramon Celaya and the three other people who were injured in the DUI crash.
The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Winchester accident.
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