One California man died and four men were injured in an accident on Sept. 28 in Fresno County. According to a California Highway Patrol representative, the driver who ran a stop sign at a local intersection was taken into custody on charges of felony DUI.
The accident happened when the driver of a GMC pickup, a resident of Parlier, heading northbound on Englehart Avenue, collided with a Nissan heading westbound on Dinuba. A passenger in the pickup, identified as a 30-year-old Parlier resident, was thrown from the vehicle and died at the accident site. According to police, he was not using a seat belt. The pickup flipped over and stopped inside an empty building near the crash site.
Three passengers in the Nissan were injured in the crash. One, a 24-year-old Reedley man, suffered a broken neck. Another passenger, a minor from Reedley, had internal injuries, and the driver was said to have facial lacerations. All three were transported to the hospital along with a third 20-year-old passenger with minor injuries. The GMC pickup driver suffered facial cuts and was also transported to the hospital.
A motorist who drives while intoxicated and ignores roadway rules puts people at risk in car accidents. This negligent behavior often results in life-changing injury to another person. As in this case, an individual who suffers a broken neck may require long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation. Depending on the severity, the victim may be unable to work or do routine tasks without assistance.
An attorney may review the accident through police reports, witness accounts and accident reconstruction reports to help the injured individual seek compensatory damages. The attorney may also ask the court to assign punitive damages in some cases.
Source: KFSN-TV, 'Man Killed In Suspected DUI Crash Near Reedley," Miracle, Veronica, Sept. 28, 2014
Source: The Reedley Exponent , "Fatal crash paralyzes local man", October 02, 2014