Highway 24 driver who killed woman in Oakland has been arrested

Posted: May 23, 2022

OAKLAND, CA (May 23, 2022) – A driver who was headed in the wrong direction on Highway 24 in Oakland has been arrested after attempting to run away. The driver was heading against traffic on the 24 when he collided with another vehicle, killing one woman and injuring five others according to the SF Chronicle.

The unnamed driver was in a Mercedes heading westbound on the eastbound side of the 24 and crashed head-on into a Mazda at around 2:00 a.m. The California Highway Patrol reports that the crash occurred around Shattuck Avenue.

A female passenger in the Mazda, whose name and age are unknown, was killed in the accident while four other passengers in the same vehicle sustained major injuries.

The Chronicle reports:

The suspect, who was also injured, ran away from the scene and into a nearby “vegetated area” off the highway, Arias said. CHP officers responded to the scene, followed the suspect and found him with the assistance of a dog from CHP’s Golden Gate Division, Arias said.

The suspect was found and taken to the hospital along with the other four who survived the accident. The suspect was then taken into custody, but further details are unavailable.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this accident.

Liability In Oakland 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 An Oakland DUI Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman killed in this tragic collision. 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 Oakland? 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.

 

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