Driver Charged Following Single-Vehicle Suspected DUI Crash
In the early morning hours of Sunday, August 12, a Honda Civic carrying five teenagers veered off the road and fell approximately 50 feet off a connector ramp from eastbound Highway 24 to northbound Interstate 680 at around 4:01 a.m. Two passengers were killed, the driver and two other passengers were injured, and 18-year-old driver Ramya Ramey has been charged with felony manslaughter and DUI.
The teens who died in the crash have been identified as 17-year-old Dakarai Rishon Fagorala and 18-year-old John Hamed Walizada.
Lawsuits For Families of Drunk Driving Victims
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney weighs in with some thoughts on the legal options for victims of drunk drivers:
Losing a young person to a drunk driver is one of the worst tragedies a family can experience and one that far too many families experience every year in the United States. When a drunk driving accident involves minors under the legal drinking age, it’s important to ask how they got their hands on the alcohol that night. The individuals who provide minors with alcohol must also be held responsible when the consumption of that alcohol results in someone else getting injured or killed, such as in a drunk driving accident.
In California, adults who serve or sell alcohol to minors can be held liable for damages in drunk driving lawsuits. Because the adult’s decision to sell to someone underage played a role in the accident, they may be considered partly responsible. Those who have been injured by drunk drivers and the families of fatal drunk driving accident victims may have the option to sue the establishment (such as a bar or restaurant) or the individual (such as a party host) for giving a teen drunk driver alcohol the night of the crash.
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