Youn Burn Lee, a former Hyundai executive, was held in Orange County jail in lieu of $5 million bail because he is a flight risk and the Deputy District Attorney wants to be sure he will appear in court for his trial.
Mr. Lee faces vehicular manslaughter charges involving a 2005 Costa Mesa traffic fatality involving a very drunk Lee. According to CHP reports, Lee had been drinking heavily at a company party before he got behind the wheel of his company-issued SUV and drove away. Without any headlights on, he crashed into the concrete barrier on the 55 freeway, north of MacArthur Boulevard and stalled his car.
Since the SUV was stalled in traffic with no lights on, Ryan Cook, a young college student on a motorcycle had no idea the upcoming danger. He slammed into the disabled SUV and was thrown to the pavement and died at the scene. Cook was a young musician as well as a college student with his brilliant future ahead of him.
Cook’s family has hired California motorcycle accident attorney and filed a wrongful death suit against Lee, Hyundai Motor of America and several executives of the firm who helped Lee flee the country and avoid prosecution.
We are hopeful that this type of litigation acts as a deterrent, because from a personal injury attorney’s perspective, the damage caused by this type of conduct is devastating. If you have been the victim of such a case, please feel free to call us at 1 888 752-7474.