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East Los Angeles: Joseph Almario and Manolo Magat Killed, Jason Lieu and Christine Meng Injured in DUI Crash


At about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31st, 21-year-old Joseph Almario and 23-year-old Manolo Magat were killed and Jason Lieu and Christine Meng, both 22, were injured in a DUI crash in East Los Angeles. While traveling eastbound on the 10 Freeway in an SUV, Meng failed to negotiate a turn and lost control of the vehicle. It flew over a wall, landing 100 feet below onto the transition road between the westbound 10 and the southbound 710 freeways. Authorities charged Meng, who was hospitalized along with Lieu, with a felony DUI and may also charge her with vehicular manslaughter.

“After a serious accident for which a drunk driver was at-fault, the victims and their families may seek compensation from the driver for expenses associated with their injury or loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis, “in many cases by filing an injury or a wrongful death claim.”

Los Angeles County accounted for 104 of the 705 fatalities and 21,058 of the 66,864 injuries suffered by vehicle passengers in traffic collisions that occurred in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 3,081 people lost their lives in crashes that occurred throughout the state.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Joseph Almario and Manolo Magat, the two passengers who were killed in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Jason Lieu and Christine Meng, the driver and passenger who were injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this crash.

Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

To request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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