In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 29, Eric Ceballos and Orlando Diarte, both 20, and 21-year-old Michael Garcia were killed in a DUI crash in Coachella. A fourth vehicle occupant was injured. While traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed on Avenue 52, Garcia swerved from the road and slammed into a palm tree in the center median of La Quinta Street. Two of the men died at the scene and the third at an area hospital. Authorities suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor to the accident.
“When passengers suffer fatal trauma in a crash, the driver at-fault for the accident may be held liable by the families of the victims through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
Throughout Coachella, traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 69 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Alcohol was a factor in 16 of the fatal and injury collisions in the city that year. Speed contributed to 14 of the accidents that resulted in fatality or injury.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Eric Ceballos, Orlando Diarte, and Michael Garcia, the three men killed in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the person who was injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Coachella crash.
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