Tesla kills pedestrian in Mission Viejo in DUI crash
MISSION VIEJO, CA (May 20 2022) – A pedestrian was killed by a Tesla driver suspected of DUI on the 5 freeway Tuesday night according to Patch.
The driver of the Tesla was arrested on DUI charges, said California Highway Patrol officer Rafael Reynoso. The accident was reported around 10:51 p.m. near Crown Valley Parkway.
It’s unknown why the pedestrian was walking in the HOV lane on the 5 freeway.
The man driving the Tesla stepped out of his vehicle after the crash when a speeding BMW then collided with the Tesla. The two-vehicle accident was then hit by a third car, causing a stopped wreckage on the road.
One of the drivers was identified as a 29-year-old woman from Oceanside, and was also arrested on DUI charges.
The accident took place in a construction zone, where speed limits slow down to 55mph.
The names of the suspects and decedent were not yet made known.
Liability In Mission Viejo 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 Mission Viejo DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in this tragedy. 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 Mission Viejo? 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.