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Gary Parker killed in DUI accident on Coast Highway in Dana Point

Gary Parker was tragically killed on Sunday, November 5th, after being hit in a DUI accident on Coast Highway in Dana Point.

Dana Point, CA (November 8, 2023)  Gary Parker, a man in his 50’s, was tragically killed on Sunday, November 5th, after being hit in a DUI accident on Coast Highway in Dana Point, California. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the accident took place at around 8:20 p.m. in the area south of Palisades Drive.

The police reported that two vehicles were involved in the accident. A 2019 BMW driven by 43 year old Evan Madison was travelling south on the highway when it collided with the victim’s 1999 Plymouth.

Gary Parker sustained major injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital by the Orange County Fire Authority. Sadly he later passed away in the hospital. He was identified by the Coroner’s Office after his family was notified of the accident.

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Police investigating the incident found that Evan Madison was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident with a blood alcohol level of 0.21. He was arrested for DUI and later the charges were increased to include second-degree murder.

The death of Gary Parker is under investigation by Orange County’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT).

Liability In Dana Point 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 the Death of Gary Parker

We at Accident News Now extend our condolences to Gary Parker’s family and friends. 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 a Dana Point car accident? Our team of personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.

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