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Joanna Huizar Killed In Riverside Collision; DUI Suspected

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Riverside, CA (September 18, 2023) Joanna Huizar was killed in a collision in Riverside, according to the Riverside Police Department. The fatal accident occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday, September 13th.

Huizar, 22,  was a passenger in a vehicle, driven by a 23-year-old male. Riverside Police Department Spokesperson Ryan J. Railsback said they arrived at the intersection of John Street and Victoria Avenue to find that the car had crashed into a tree.

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The driver, whose identity has not been released, had driven in the wrong direction and failed to take a curve in the street. He lost control and crashed into a palm tree that was in the center median. The driver was injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. Huizar, the passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers believe the 23-year-old driver was driving while under the influence of alcohol during the crash.

Liability In Riverside 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 Riverside DUI Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jermari Terrell. 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 Riverside? 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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