19-Year-Old Charged with DUI, Manslaughter Following Fatal Crash
A 15-year-old girl was killed and two others were seriously injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Temecula on Saturday. 19-year-old Jose Zazueta was arrested on charges of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter following the crash.
The crash happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. on June 1, on Rancho California Road east of Via Santa Rosa. Zazuete was reportedly driving a 2015 BMW westbound on Rancho California when he lost control of his vehicle while going around a curve.
Police say the BMW was traveling at at least 55 mph when it crossed over the middle lines and into oncoming traffic, leading to a head-on collision with a Toyota Corolla. A 15-year-old passenger in the Toyota, Lily Harrison, was killed in the crash. The 18-year-old driver of the Toyota and an 18-year-old passenger were also seriously injured and hospitalized.
Zazueta’s vehicle fell down a 200-feet embankment after the crash. He suffered moderate injuries and was also rushed to a hospital. His bail was set at $75,000 and he had a court date scheduled for June 5.
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Justice For Drunk Driving Crash Victims & Their Families in California
Here are some general thoughts on the legal options available to families affected by drunk driving crashes in California, from attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney:
When a drunk driver causes a crash that results in injuries or deaths, it’s important for the victims and their families to be aware of their legal rights. These victims and families may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the drunk driver. But in some situations, third parties like alcohol vendors and social hosts can also be sued for serving alcohol to the driver prior to the crash.
In California, third-party liability for drunk driving crashes is more limited than in many other states. California law generally does not allow third parties to be held liable for providing alcohol to someone prior to an alcohol-related crash. However, there are two exceptions:
- Parents, guardians, and other adults can be held liable for providing alcohol to someone under 21 years of age at his or her residence if the furnishing of alcohol was a “proximate cause” of injuries or death, and
- Businesses can be held liable for serving alcohol “to any obviously intoxicated minor” if the provision of alcohol was a “proximate cause” of injuries or death.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed in a drunk driving crash, your family may be able to find justice through the legal system. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced drunk driving crash victims lawyer.
Rancho California Road and Via Santa Rosa in Temecula, CA
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