Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 27-year-old Joey Nungaray, of Fountain Valley, was killed in a DUI crash in Westminster, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling southbound in a Nissan Frontier, 32-year-old Emmanuel Garibay, of Anaheim, broadsided the westbound Honda Civic Nungaray was driving at the intersection of McFadden Avenue and Brookhurst Street. Nungaray suffered major trauma and died at an area hospital. Garibay received treatment for minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. Authorities believe one of the vehicles ran a red light and are investigating the crash. Witnesses are asked to call the Westminster Police Department’s traffic division at 714-898-3315 or leave an anonymous tip with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-OCCS.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s records indicate that 468 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in Westminster in 2010. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 32 of the fatal and injury accidents. The OTS ranked Westminster 56th out of 103 cities with populations of 50,001 to 100,000 for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
California law provides recourse through the civil justice system for those who have lost loved ones or suffered injury in traffic collisions. For more information on the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Joey Nungaray.