At about 1:48 a.m. on Saturday, November 16, a wrong-way crash killed one person and seriously injured three others in Santa Ana, reported the Orange County Register. While traveling at a high rate of speed westbound on McFadden Avenue, the 30-year-old driver of a silver Nissan Sentra veered into eastbound lanes near South Mohawk Drive and collided head-on with a black Chevy Silverado pickup truck that was waiting at a red light. The driver of the Nissan was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency responders transported two passengers of the Nissan and the 48-year-old female driver of the truck to area hospitals to receive treatment for serious injuries. Authorities suspect alcohol was a contributing factor and are investigating the accident.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of or caused injury to 1,621 people in Santa Ana in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety’s most current statistics. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 200 of the fatal and injury accidents, with the OTS ranking Santa Ana 3rd out of 13 cities of a similar size for its incidence of DUI crashes in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
Under California law, those who have been injured or lost loved ones to traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the rights of the victims of auto accidents, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the person who died in this accident. We would also like to wish a full recovery to those who were injured.