Erik Verdian, 31, identified as victim killed by Kevin Atteberry in DUI crash in Palm Springs

Posted: August 2, 2022

 PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 2, 2022) – Authorities today identified Erik Verdian, a 31-year-old man who was killed in a fatal collision in Palm Springs caused by someone suspected of driving under the influence.

The collision occurred around 9 p.m. Saturday, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.

Investigators said a vehicle driven by Kevin Atteberry, 57, of Los Angeles, was traveling south on Sunrise Way when it rear-ended another vehicle stopped at the intersection of East Palm Canyon Drive.

The driver of the rear-ended vehicle died at the scene and a passenger in that vehicle was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, police said.

The Riverside County coroner’s office identified the victim as Burbank resident Erik Verdian.

Atteberry was also taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

Authorities said the impact caused a chain crash with two other vehicles stopped in the intersection, though no other injuries were reported.

Police said that prior to the fatal crash, Atteberry was suspected of causing a hit-and-run crash in the intersection of Ramon Road and Sunrise Way.

Authorities said once released from the hospital, Atteberry will be arrested and booked on suspicion of murder due to a previous DUI conviction.

[via City News Now]

Liability In Palm Springs 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 Erik Verdian’s Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Erik Verdian. 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 Palm Springs? 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 (844) 966-0965.


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