Rosie Figueroa Killed, Mother Injured in Crash with Teenage Suspected Drunk Driver
38-year-old Salinas resident Rosie Figueroa was killed and her mother was seriously injured in a suspected drunk driving crash near the intersection of South Davis Road and West Acacia Street last Friday, December 20.
18-year-old Carmel resident Jacques Clarke has been charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter for allegedly causing the crash. Clarke was arraigned on Monday, December 23 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to the police, officers from the Salinas Police Department and California Highway Patrol responded to a two-vehicle crash at the corner of Davis Road and West Acacia Street at around 11:30 p.m. on Friday night. Officers discovered a 2015 Mazda 6 with major damage and a 2012 Toyota Camry that had overturned.
The California Highway Patrol says that the driver of the Mazda, 18-year-old Jacques Clarke, was driving northbound and speeding on Davis Road when he rear-ended Figueroa’s Toyota. This impact caused the Toyota to spin out of control and crash into a tree before overturning.
Figueroa was pronounced dead at the scene and her mother was hospitalized with serious injuries.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is investigating to determine where Clarke got the alcohol. The person or business that provided it to him could face criminal charges. Additionally, civil penalties may be possible.
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Legal Options for Drunk Driving Crash Victims and Their Families in California
Drunk driving crashes have devastating consequences for those injured and the families of fatal crash victims. Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents these victims and their families, helping them secure the financial compensation they need and deserve. Here is Brian with some information on the legal rights of families affected by DUI crashes in California:
When a drunk driver causes a crash that results in injuries or death to others, it’s important for the victims and their families to be aware of their legal rights. The driver can be held liable through personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. Additionally, California and many other states also have dram shop laws which allow individuals or businesses to be held liable for providing alcohol to the driver before the crash.
Dram shop laws vary between states. California has more restrictive dram shop laws than most other states, but there are two types of situations where third parties can be held liable for providing alcohol to a drunk driver:
- A parent, guardian, or another adult who provides alcohol to a minor on their property can be held liable if that minor causes injuries or deaths due to being intoxicated, and
- A business can be held liable for providing alcohol to a minor who causes an accident with deaths or injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed after being hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your legal rights in a free consultation with one of our experienced drunk driving injury victims lawyers.
The Intersection of South Davis Road and West Acacia Street in Salinas, CA
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