At about 4 a.m. on Sunday, January 13, one passenger was killed and another was seriously injured in a DUI crash in Glendale. While traveling the wrong way on the Colorado Street freeway extension in a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 22-year-old Jose Mariano Spillari swerved from the road and slammed into a tree, the impact ejecting a 21-year-old man from the backseat. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Another 21-year-old man riding in the vehicle sustained major trauma, as did Spillari. They were transported to an area hospital. CHP officers subsequently arrested Spillari on suspicion of driving under the influence.
“The families of passengers who suffer fatal trauma due to the negligence of a driver may file wrongful death claims against the driver in order to hold him or her liable for their loss,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
In 2010, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 725 people in Glendale, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 48 of the collisions that resulted in fatality or injury, with the OTS ranking Glendale 45th out of 53 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the passenger who was killed in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the other two men who were injured.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Glendale crash.
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