DUI and Murder Charges
The sedan carrying the women was reportedly stopped in the right lane of the transition road when it was struck. All three women died at the scene. The man driving the other vehicle, 63-year-old Karen Gharibyan, suffered major injuries. He has since been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and murder.
Gharibyan was headed east on the 118 toward the northbound transition to the 405 Freeway when he veered to the right over the marked triangular section between freeways to get to the southbound 405. Officials say they don’t know why he made that change, but in doing so, he crashed into the sedan that was stopped for undetermined reasons. The impact sent the vehicle that was struck into the sound wall where it burst into flames.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family members of Joby, Jobeh and Dagher for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver who struck the women’s car may have been under the influence at the time. 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.”
In such cases, in addition to facing criminal charges and penalties, DUI drivers can also be held financially liable for the injuries, damages, and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love, care, and companionship. An experienced Los Angeles DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to advise families regarding their legal rights and options.