?Johnny Carrillo, a 23-year-old U.S. Army ranger, and a 31-year-old woman were both killed in an Orange County motorcycle accident, which officials say, involved speed and alcohol. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal crash occurred as the motorcycle, driven by Carrillo, was westbound on Malvern Avenue approaching Monticello Avenue in Buena Park, early morning on July 21, 2011.
Police say Carrillo, who was speeding on a Honda motorcycle, lost control and hit a concrete median. The motorcycle slid and struck a light pole. Both Carrillo and the woman were helmeted, and were ejected from the motorcycle. Carrillo was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to an area trauma center where she died during surgery. Officials say speed and alcohol were factors in this tragic crash.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Johnny Carrillo and the woman, who were both killed in this DUI collision. Apparently Carrillo had returned from Afghanistan two weeks ago and was going to be deployed to South Korea this week. Tragic! Please keep these grieving families in your thoughts and prayers.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 19 were injured as a result of motorcycle accidents in Buena Park. In Orange County as a whole, 35 fatalities and 801 injuries were reported as a result of motorcycle accidents during the same year.
Laws Relating to Speed and Alcohol
Based on this news report, officials say Carrillo was both speeding and under the influence at the time of the crash. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
Also, California Vehicle Code Section 22350 (Basic Speed Law) states: “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic and on surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.”
Claim for Compensation
In such cases, the family of a deceased victim can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist. Such claims seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of companionship. An experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer will better advise victims’ families about their legal rights and options. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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