Woman charged with DUI in fatal crash in California

Auto-pedestrian accidents often result in serious injuries or death, because pedestrians have no protection against the force and weight of a vehicle. Those who have been hurt in pedestrian accidents due to no fault of their own can seek justice by filing compensation claims against the negligent drivers. Similarly, relatives of those killed in such crashes may have a right to compensation for their losses.

A 51-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly causing the death of a pedestrian after crashing into him and driving with him stuck in the windshield of her vehicle for about two miles. The hit-and-run accident took place close to Torrance Boulevard and Madrid Avenue in Torrance at around 11:25 p.m. on Nov. 24. After reportedly crashing into the man, the woman drove on until she was stopped by witnesses around Crenshaw Boulevard and 182nd Street. The victim, aged 31, was apparently still embedded in the windshield after the car came to a halt. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver, a drug abuse counselor, was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, murder and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as other charges. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on Dec. 17.

As well as leading to pain and suffering, auto-pedestrian accidents can also cause substantial financial loss. Victims of accidents may have to pay for medical treatment, and they may also lose wages if their injuries prevent them from going to work. Filing for compensation and negotiating for an accident settlement may enable them to meet these costs.

Source: NBC Southern California, “Drug Counselor Accused of DUI in Deadly Hit-and-Run Pleads Not Guilty,” Jonathan Lloyd and Toni Guinyard, Dec. 18, 2012