On Monday, September 9, 26-year-old Michael Hatcher, of Newbury Park, and 23-year-old Aimee Hoff, of Thousand Oaks, were killed in a suspected DUI accident near Newbury Park, reported the Ventura County Star. While traveling eastbound on Potrero Road at a high rate of speed, 23-year-old Collin Powell failed to negotiate a curve, veered from the roadway, and crashed into construction equipment parked on the dirt shoulder. Hatcher and Hoff, both passengers in the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported a third passenger, a 21-year-old Newbury park woman, to an area hospital to receive treatment for moderate trauma. Powell suffered minor injuries. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.
Alcohol-impaired driving claims the lives of almost 30 people every day in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A life is lost every 48 minutes in DUI accidents. In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions, accounting for nearly 31 percent of all traffic deaths in the country.
Those who have suffered injury or the loss of a loved one in an alcohol-related traffic accident have recourse through the civil justice system. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of Michael Hatcher and Aimee Hoff. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the woman who was injured.