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Deadly drunk driving accident leads to arrest

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2021 | Drunk Driving

With businesses and night life opening back up, we all have the urge to go out for a drink. We all yearn for our lives to go back to normal, and what can be more normal than having a drink with friends. Unfortunately, sometimes, these friendly get togethers can end badly, which seems to be the case for one local in Tulare County on Saturday.

The deadly crash

According to the Visalia California Highway Patrol, the car accident occurred in Tulare County on northbound Highway 99 at Avenue 16. CHP determined that a Jeep Gladiator traveling northbound lost control and careened into the southbound lanes hitting a GMC Sierra head-on. Both vehicles then collided into a guardrail, which flipped the Jeep into the path of another vehicle and a motorcycle. Both vehicles hit the Jeep, ejecting the motorcyclist and passenger.

The aftermath

The motorcyclist was immediately airlifted to a nearby hospital. Though, the driver was later pronounced dead. The passenger was also taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of the date of reporting, the passenger was still alive. The passenger and driver of the GMC Sierra were also taken to a hospital, but their injuries were nonlife-threatening.

The driver

At the scene, CHP allegedly determined that the Jeep driver was intoxicated. She was arrested and charged with felony DUI causing injury, vehicular manslaughter and causing great bodily injury to multiple victims. As a result, she was then taken to the Tulare County Pre-Trial facility where she is still incarcerated.

Options after a car accident

For Tulare, California, residents that are victims of another driver’s negligence, call an attorney. Through a personal injury lawsuit, car accident victims can get civil justice and compensation for their damages, including pain and suffering.

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.