Woman killed, child injured by DUI driver in South Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, CA (May 26, 2022) – A 34-year-old Sacramento woman was killed, and a 4-year-old girl injured when a man ran a red light and broad sided the SUV they were in.
The California Highway Patrol said that a man was driving recklessly and ran a red light at the intersection of Power Inn Road and Elsie Avenue, causing him to crash into the SUV that had the green light.
Witnesses to the accident confirmed the details of the accident, which caused the SUV to overturn.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, and the little girl was taken to a nearby hospital with critical injuries.
The driver who struck the SUV tried to flee the scene, according to the police, but bystanders detained him at the scene. The man is said to be a 32-year-old from Elk Grove, and has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Liability In Sacramento 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 Sacramento DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of the woman who was killed in this accident, and hope for a speedy recovery for the young girl currently in the hospital. 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 Sacramento? 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.