Christian Valencia arrested for DUI, resulting in death of one driver
BAKERSFIELD, CA (May 13, 2022) – Christian Valencia, 25, of Arvin was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.
Valencia was observed by police officers driving recklessly through South H and Planz Road around 12:30 a.m. Officers lost sight of the vehicle before the crash happened around the areas of White and Hughes lanes.
Officers say Valencia was driving a BMW when he crashed it into a Toyota Camry. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene.
Valencia suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is suspected by the Bakersfield Police Department to have been under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.
Once released from the hospital, Valencia will be booked into jail.
Liability In Bakersfield DUI Car Accidents
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:
- Delayed reaction times
- Loss of muscle control
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered alertness
The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bakersfield DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the decedent in this case. 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.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Bakersfield? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.