Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Two Others In Fatal Los Angeles Crash
By John Clark
A suspected drunk driver killed two of her car’s passengers after a fatal DUI accident this week in Los Angeles, California, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
Sources say the 22-year-old driver of the car, which crashed on the heavily traveled 110 Freeway early last Sunday, was steering a 2011 Nissan Sentra with several passengers when she careened off the road, struck a tree, and then stopped at a chain-link fence.
The one-car accident reportedly killed two passengers, Blanca Almanza, 23, and Ana Cuadra, 22, both Los Angeles residents who were pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics determined they were “beyond help,” according to sources.
The two other passengers in the car, as well as the driver, were taken to area hospitals, although no word is yet available on their conditions, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. Sources say the young driver, a resident of San Gabriel, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving .
Sources speculate that the one-car accident occurred when the driver was going at a very high rate of speed, which, if true, would explain the severe consequences of the potential DUI.
According to reports, the accident, which took place at about 1:35 a.m. near the Avenue 52 exit, caused severe damage to the car, which hindered the ability of responding emergency officials to offer prompt aid.
According to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, firefighters who responded to the accident had to use hydraulic prying tools to rescue at least two of the victims from the car. Of course, their timely response may have saved several lives.
In the interim, once she recovers, the driver of the car will have a significant amount of legal defense to muster, as the potential consequences of a fatal DUI accident are quite severe.
With a non-injury first-time DUI offense, many offenders can escape with simply a fine, a driver’s license suspension, and a bit of probation, depending on the nature of their crime and the quality of their DUI defense.
But fatal DUI accidents are increasingly punished with lengthy prison sentences, as many states have established strict minimum jail tenures for people convicted of felony DUIs.
And this is not to mention the incredible psychological pain the driver must be going through, knowing that she led to the death of two of her friends. The lesson, as always: Don’t drink and drive. If you feel you’re too drunk to drive, the few dollars you spend on a cab could save a lifetime of regret.
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