Dewayne Lawrence Coleman, 47, also known as MC Supreme, a popular 90s rapper best known for his 1990 single, “Black In America,” was killed in a DUI crash in Malibu the morning of June 13, 2015.
According to a KABC news report, the fatal crash occurred when Coleman was sitting with a woman in his parked Honda Civic along Pacific Coast Highway.
Officials say a pickup truck slammed into his vehicle. The Honda sedan rolled over onto an embankment above the beach.
Tragic DUI Collision
Coleman was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was hospitalized with unknown injuries.
The driver of the pickup, identified as 34-year-old Philip Torres II suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Anyone with information about this fatal collision is asked to contact Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department traffic investigators at 818-878-1808.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Dewayne Coleman for their tragic loss. We also wish the injured victim the very best for a quick and full recovery.
California DUI Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the pickup truck was under the influence when he rammed into the Honda Civic.
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.”
A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).
In addition to facing criminal charges, DUI drivers can also be held financially liable for injuries, damages and losses they cause.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization and rehabilitation costs and pain and suffering.
Families of deceased victims can seek compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death claim.
Victims and their families would be well advised to contact a skilled Los Angeles car accident attorney who has experience financially pursuing DUI drivers.
The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case eval to injured victims and their families.