At about 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, November 3, 23-year-old Blanca Belman Almanza and 22-year-old Ana Cuadra were killed in a DUI crash in Highland Park, reported the Los Angeles Times. While traveling northbound on the 110 Freeway, the 22-year-old driver of the 2011 Nissan Sentra the women were riding in crashed into a tree and a chain-link fence near Avenue 52. The vehicle was seriously damaged, and firefighters had to use hydraulic tools to extricate some of the occupants. Almanza and Cuadra were pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported three other women to area hospitals. Authorities arrested the driver on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The accident is under investigation.
Throughout Los Angeles County, 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic accidents in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 6,511 of the accidents that resulted in injury or death, with the OTS ranking Los Angeles 38th out of 58 counties for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is the worst. Across California, DUI crashes claimed 774 lives that year.
After an accident resulting in injury or death, the victims or their families may hold the party who caused the crash liable for the expenses related to their recoveries or losses through the civil justice system. To learn more about the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596 or contact our office through our website, www.allenflatt.com.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Blanca Belman Almanza and Ana Cuadra. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured in the crash.