Shortly after 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, October 27, 21-year-old Julio Rios Valencia, of Tustin, was killed in a DUI crash on I-15 near Baker in the Mojave Desert, reported the Orange County Register. While speeding northbound in a 2008 GMC Sierra, 22-year-old Jose Aguiano Cazares, of Santa Ana, drifted onto a dirt median, overcorrected to the right, crossed northbound lanes, and rolled the vehicle onto the right shoulder. Rios Valencia, a passenger, was ejected from the truck and suffered fatal trauma. Cazares was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Authorities are investigating the collision.
Alcohol-impaired driving is a serious traffic safety problem in the United States, claiming the lives of almost 30 people every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in DUI crashes, accounting for nearly 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths. Annually, DUI accidents cost the country more than $51 billion.
After a fatal crash, the family of the victim may file a wrongful death claim in order to hold the at-fault driver liable for their loss. For more information on the wrongful death claims process after an auto accident, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Julio Rios Valencia, the passenger who was killed in the DUI crash.