Alexis Covarrubias, 37, killed by driver evading police

Posted: July 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 15, 2022) – Alexis Covarrubias, 37, was killed and two teenagers are in the hospital today following a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle that ended in a violent multi-vehicle collision in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies began pursuing a copper Kia SUV sedan after units reported the vehicle driving recklessly, according to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

The Kia crashed into a red vehicle just before 3:15 p.m. Thursday at the westbound Glenn Anderson (105) Freeway exit at Central Avenue after clipping a truck.

Alexis Covarrubias died at the scene, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office reported. Covarrubias was driving the red vehicle.

Various news outlets reported between four and seven vehicles were involved in the collision, but authorities could not confirm the number.

The driver and a passenger in the Kia were 14 and 15 years old, according to reports from the scene. They were also injured in the collision and handcuffed to gurneys before they were taken to a hospital.

Several vehicles sustained damaged in the crash.

Witnesses told deputies the suspects were weaving in and out of traffic during the chase.

The SUV was reported stolen from Compton last week.

Fox 11 reported there were no other injuries due to the collision.

Los Angeles County Firefighters were called to remove the suspects from the mangled SUV using hydraulic tools.

“It took fire quite some time to get them out the vehicle,” said Assistant Sheriff of Patrol Operations Bruce Chase.

The westbound Glenn Anderson Freeway off-ramp at Central Avenue was closed for the California Highway Patrol and sheriff’s department to investigate the crash.

Anyone with information on the crash was encouraged to call the CHP at 213-744-2331. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222- 8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.

via City News Service

Liability In Los Angeles Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Alexis Covarrubias’ Tragic Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alexis Covarrubias. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.

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