At about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, 22-year-old USC student Xinhai Huang was killed in a DUI crash in South Los Angeles. While traveling westbound on Hyde Park Boulevard in a Ford Explorer, a woman in her early 20s failed to stop for a red light at the intersection with West Boulevard and broadsided a Ford Mustang. Huang, who was sitting on the passenger side of the Mustang, was killed in the impact. Authorities suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.
When a passenger is killed in a crash, his or her family may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver in order to be compensated for their loss,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.
Throughout Los Angeles County, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 105 passengers and caused injury to another 20,620, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. California’s incidence of traffic fatalities increased 2.6 percent, from 2,720 in 2010 to 2,791 in 2011.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Xinhai Huang.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this DUI crash.
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