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Los Angeles: DUI Crash Claimed the Life of Sammi Kane Kraft


At about 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, a DUI crash claimed the life of 20-year-old Sammi Kane Kraft in Los Angeles. Kraft was a passenger in a speeding Audi that slammed into the back of a semi truck and collided with another car on the westbound 10 Freeway near Crenshaw Boulevard. She was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Police arrested the driver of the Audi, 21-year-old Molly Kate Adams, on suspicion of felony drunk driving. She sustained moderate trauma. The other drivers involved in the collision were not seriously injured.

“Claiming a life every 48 minutes in the United States, drunk driving devastates thousands of families every year,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.

Alcohol-related crashes killed 10,228 people in 2010, accounting for approximately 31 percent of all traffic deaths in the country that year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout California, such accidents caused the deaths of 972 people and injured another 16,884, with 197 of the fatalities and 4,359 of the injuries suffered in Los Angeles County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Sammi Kane Kraft, the woman who lost her life in the DUI crash.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this collision.

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