It only takes an instant for revelry to turn to tragedy. In San Diego and other cities across the country, thousands of people lose their lives every year to reckless behavior and avoidable accidents. Drunk driving is a major issue that is responsible for countless serious injuries and deaths in California. A recent suspected DUI car accident took the lives of several people, and resulted in multiple minor and serious injuries. An incident like this can blur the lines between criminal and civil action, and is often a nightmare for everyone involved. The Law Offices of William C. Bibb has handled numerous cases revolving around serious and fatal injuries caused by drunk driving.
According to a local news report, the tragic incident occurred during a popular community festival at Chicano Park on a recent Saturday afternoon. Over 100 people were gathered at the park to take part in a popular motorcycle festival involving a tribute to fallen motorcycle riders. Many festival attendees were reportedly sitting and listening to music when a vehicle crashed into them from above.
The person identified as causing the fatal collision sustained critical injuries. He is reportedly a service member stationed in the area, and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He faces several criminal charges, including DUI causing injury or death and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
According to local authorities, at least seven people sustained minor injuries in the single car collision, and two others suffered major injuries. Two of the four confirmed fatal accident victims were reportedly visiting San Diego from Los Angeles. The exact identities of the accident victims had yet to be disclosed.
The festivalgoers were hit by the pickup truck in question after the vehicle reportedly struck the guardrail of an overhead bridge. The vehicle fell 60 feet before crashing into the crowd.
The severity and devastation caused by this type of preventable car accident should not be underestimated. Accident victims and their families often have to deal with the consequences and loss for years to come. Learn more about legal topics relating to car accident injuries and fatalities by visiting our website today.