Shortly after 4 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, a 42-year-old man from Mexicali was killed in a DUI crash in San Diego County. While traveling on Interstate 8 in a GMC truck, 38-year-old Jeremiah Smith struck a Toyota that was parked on the right shoulder, the impact sending the vehicle into the man, who was standing outside of it at the time, and throwing him several hundred yards. Authorities arrested Smith on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
“When an individual operates a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and fatally harms another, that person may face criminal charges and civil actions,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In many cases, the state will punish the person with fines and imprisonment and the family of the victim will hold him or her liable for their loss.”
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current records indicate that 17,889 people were killed or injured in collisions that occurred in San Diego County in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 2,190 of the accidents, with the county ranking 32nd out of 58 for DUI-related crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the man who was killed in the collision.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this San Diego County crash.
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