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Tesla passenger killed in fiery Garden Grove crash by suspected DUI driver

Posted: November 11, 2022

GARDEN GROVE, CA (November 11, 2022) – A Tesla passenger was killed in Garden Grove while two others were injured in a fiery three-vehicle crash today, according to police.

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The driver of the Tesla is suspected of both speeding and driving under the influence, according to Sgt. Royce Wimmer of the Garden Grove Police Department.

Wimmer added that police would be pursuing DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges.

Officers were sent to the 9000 block of Garden Grove Boulevard at about 12:45 a.m. Friday and found a gray Tesla sedan engulfed in flames. They rescued the driver from the burning car, Wimmer said. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital in critical but stable condition.

A passenger in the Tesla was pronounced dead at the scene, and paramedics rushed another driver in critical, but stable condition to a hospital.

Garden Grove police urged anyone with information regarding the crash to call them at 714-741-5925.

We will continue to update this story with more details and information when it becomes available to us.

[via CNS]

Liability In Garden Grove Car Accidents

Despite improved safety measures for cars, motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and death in the United States.  According to the CDC, “more than 32,000 people are killed and 2 million are injured each year from motor vehicle crashes.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a car accident including:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Inclement weather
  • Dangerous turns
  • Poorly designed roadways

All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. This is especially true for commercial drivers that work for a city. A number of collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous left turns. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 21801, the driver of any vehicle intending to turn left must yield the right of way traveling from the opposite direction close enough to pose a hazard.

If a negligent driver worked for a city, that city could potentially be liable in the event of an accident. Generally speaking, employers are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a car accident.

  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • A thorough independent investigation should be conducted.

The family of any victim that has died in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is essential that evidence is properly preserved after a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating the Tesla Passenger Killed in Garden Grove DUI

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person tragically killed in this 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 a Garden Grove car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (844) 966-0965.

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