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South Los Angeles: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed Chekina Duran


Shortly before 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4th, a drunk driver struck and killed 10-year-old Chekina Duran in South Los Angeles. While walking with her father, 56-year-old Antonio Duran, on 64th Street west of Hooper Avenue in Florence, the pair was hit by an SUV. Paramedics transported them to a hospital, where Chekina later died. Antonio received treatment for minor injuries. The driver of the SUV, 58-year-old Juan Cazares, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, vehicular manslaughter, hit and run causing injury or death, and assault with a deadly weapon.

“When the negligence of a driver causes an accident resulting in serious injury or death, the victims or their families may seek compensation from the driver for expenses related to their recovery or loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

In 2010, the California Office of Traffic Safety reported that 72,010 people were killed or injured in traffic collisions in Los Angeles County. Comparing the safety records of 58 counties, the agency ranked Los Angeles 15th for its incidence of fatal and injury accidents; 1st place is the worst a county may receive.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Chekina Duran, the girl who was struck and killed by the drunk driver.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this accident.

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If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to speak with a California personal injury lawyer, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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