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Palmdale: 13-Year-Old Boy Killed in DUI Crash


At about 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, a 13-year-old boy was killed and three others were injured in a DUI crash in Palmdale. While traveling northbound on the 14 Freeway in a 2007 Saturn ION, 28-year-old Peter Ramirez IV lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dirt embankment. The car ended up on its left side. Emergency responders transported Ramirez, 21-year-old Matthew Tucker, the 13-year-old boy, and a 2-year-old girl to an area hospital. The boy was declared dead at the hospital. Authorities suspect that alcohol contributed to the accident and arrested Ramirez. The crash is under investigation.

“When a family loses a loved one to a drunk driver, they may hold the driver liable through the wrongful death claims process,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.

Palmdale accounted for 4 of the 346 fatalities and 805 of the 62,881 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants 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 contributing factor to 49 of the collisions that resulted in fatality or injury in the city that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the 13-year-old boy who was killed in the DUI crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this Palmdale collision.

Additional information on the injury and the wrongful death claims process is available to the public free of charge through our office.

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