At about 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, William Olazaba was killed and Noe Corea and a passenger were injured in a DUI accident in South Lake Tahoe. A Honda Accord broadsided a GMC Yukon at the intersection of Pioneer Trail and Ski Run Boulevard. Emergency responders transported Olazaba, a passenger in the Honda, to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. Corea, the driver of the GMC, and a passenger were injured and taken to a local hospital. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the collision and are investigating.
“Driving under the influences claims hundreds of lives each year,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “and the incidence of fatal DUI crashes tends to spike around the holidays.”
California accounted for 774 of the 9,878 alcohol-related traffic fatalities that occurred in the United States in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s current records. In El Dorado County, alcohol was a factor in 159 collisions that resulted in injury or fatality in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records.
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