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Orange: Hit-and-Run Drunk Driver Struck, Critically Injured Two Girls


At about 7:25 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31st, a drunk driver struck and critically injured two girls in an Orange crosswalk. The accident occurred at the intersection of Tustin Street and Quincy Avenue when a gray Ford Focus hit the girls while they were crossing the street. The girls were transported to nearby hospitals. The driver, 37-year-old Mitchell Gordon Cupery, fled the scene but was later apprehended. He has been charged with hit-and-run with permanent injury, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at Men’s Central Jail. Since 2004, Cupery has been incarcerated on multiple occasions for misdemeanor crimes, including driving under the influence, explains an Orange County car accident lawyer.

Orange accounted for 89 of the 1,951 fatal and injury traffic accidents in which alcohol was a factor that occurred in Orange County in 2009, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. That year, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased by 7.6 percent throughout the state, from 1,025 in 2008 to 950 in 2009. Nationwide, impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes were eight times more likely to have a prior drunk driving conviction than those who were not intoxicated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two girls who were struck and critically injured on May 31st.

The Orange County Register originally reported this hit-and-run pedestrian accident.

Resources for accident victims, including links to pedestrian advocacy groups and articles and books on the injury claims process, are available to the public free of charge.

If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with an Orange County car accident lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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