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Long Beach: Drunk Driver Caused Fatal Chain-Reaction Crash


At about 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, a drunk driver caused a fatal chain-reaction crash in Long Beach. While traveling northbound on the 710 Freeway in a 1988 Chrysler, 22-year-old Maria Guadalupe Vargas neglected to stop and slammed into a 2005 Toyota south of the 91 Freeway overcrossing. The impact sent the vehicle into a semi truck. A 29-year-old female passenger in the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. Vargas and the driver of the Toyota sustained major trauma. The drivers of the other vehicles were also injured. She faces three felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing injury and death. Authorities are investigating the accident.

“Those who are injured in a DUI crash may hold the driver civilly liable for the cost of their recoveries,” explained California injury lawyer James Ballidis. “The families of victims who did not survive the accident may file wrongful death claims.”

In 2010, 1,874 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in Long Beach, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. Alcohol was a factor in 215 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in the city that year. Statewide, 744 people were killed in DUI crashes in 2010.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in the chain-reaction crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach accident.

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