According to law enforcement authorities with the Orange Police Department, a three-car collision that happened on May 12 left a man dead and a woman arrested for suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Reportedly, the accident happened on Chapman Avenue around 8:40 p.m.
Officers allege that the 32-year-old woman was traveling westbound on Chapman Avenue in a black sedan. When she reached Yorba, authorities report she rear-ended a gray vehicle, pushing that car into the intersection. It burst into flames, and the male driver was killed. The woman waited at the scene for officers to arrive. Another vehicle was also reportedly side-swiped in the accident.
Emergency responders transported the woman to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were deemed serious. Officers arrested her on May 13, charging her with DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter. Officers believe that the woman was impaired by either alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision. Law enforcement officials said that their investigation is still continuing, and they have asked that anyone who has information contact them.
Drunk drivers risk both their lives and the lives of others every time they get behind the wheels of their cars and drive. When a person is killed in an accident caused by such a driver, the surviving family members may want to meet with an attorney in order to determine whether the filing of a wrongful death lawsuit against the impaired motorist would be advisable. Such a lawsuit could be successful even if the defendant was acquitted of any criminal charges that were filed, due to the lower burden of proof required in such a civil action.
Source: ABC 7, "Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in fatal Orange 3-car crash," May 13, 2016.