At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 27-year-old tow-truck driver Faapuna Manu was killed in a DUI crash on the 405 Freeway in Long Beach. Twenty-six-year-old Raymond Burley veered onto the shoulder of the road near Orange Avenue, striking Manu, who was outside of his truck assisting a stranded motorist at the time; his Toyota also collided with the disabled vehicle. Manu was declared dead at the scene. Burley sustained moderate trauma and was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.
“While the state punishes drivers who violate its laws by filing criminal charges, the victims may hold them liable by pursuing civil claims,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis. “In the latter case, the victims or their families may seek compensation from the driver for expenses associated with their recovery or loss.”
Long Beach accounted for 19 of the 346 fatalities and 1,986 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motorists in crashes that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a factor in 215 of the fatal and injury collisions that occurred in Long Beach in 2010.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Faapuna Manu, the tow-truck driver who was killed in the DUI crash on the 405 Freeway.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Long Beach accident.
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