A suspected drunk driver killed two people in a car crash in Yorba Linda on Sept. 23, according to the California Highway Patrol. The accident took place just west of Gypsum Canyon Road on the 91 Freeway.
Local media outlets report that a 29-year-old man was driving a 2006 Honda Civic westbound on the freeway at around 3:25 a.m. when he veered from his lane and crashed into a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SUV that was stopped on the shoulder of the road. The SUV’s rear-seat passengers, a 94-year-old Anaheim woman and a 70-year-old Selma man, suffered catastrophic injuries and were taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange for emergency care. Sadly, they both later succumbed to their injuries. The SUV’s front-seat occupants, a 93-year-old man and a 52-year-old man, both from Anaheim, suffered minor injuries and were treated at OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.
The motorist operating the Honda, a resident of Santa Ana, was seriously injured in the crash and transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. According to the CHP, he was likely drunk when he plowed into the SUV. Authorities are expected to issue charges against him at a later date.
The family of a drunk driving victim might wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver who killed their loved one. By working with a personal injury attorney, it may be possible to prove the driver was legally responsible for the victim’s death. This could lead to a financial settlement that reimburses the family for funeral and burial bills, missed wages, loss of companionship, mental anguish and more. One could learn more about the lawsuit process by consulting with a personal injury law firm.