At around 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, two men were seriously injured in a DUI crash with a fleeing driver in Temecula, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling westbound on Rancho California Road in a 1998 Dodge pickup truck, 19-year-old Angel Joel Lopez collided with another vehicle near Meadows Parkway. While fleeing the scene, Lopez failed to stop for a red light at Margarita Road, crashing into a southbound Ford Contour and a male bicyclist. Emergency responders transported the male driver of the Ford and the cyclist to area hospitals to receive treatment for major trauma. Lopez, who was also taken to a hospital, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run. Authorities are investigating the accidents.
Temecula accounted for 1 of the 154 fatalities and 532 of the 10,594 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents that occurred in Riverside County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Cyclists accounted for none of the fatalities and 16 of the injuries suffered in traffic accidents in the city that year. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 25 of the crashes that resulted in injury or death in Temecula in 2010.
California accident victims may seek compensation for the expenses associated with their recoveries through the civil claims process. To learn more about the process of pursuing a personal injury claim after an auto collision, please call 866-981-5596.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the two men who were seriously injured in the DUI crash with the fleeing driver.