Sahtarria Anderson, 32, was killed in a wrong-way crash involving a suspected DUI driver in Riverside County on the night of April 28.
According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal wrong-way crash occurred on Domenigoni Parkway east of Patterson Avenue. California Highway Patrol officials say the suspect, 23-year-old Willie Salazar, was driving a Honda Civic west on the eastbound lanes and collided head-on with a Chevy Malibu.
DUI Causing Injury and Death in Wrong-Way Crash
Anderson, a front-seat passenger in the Malibu, and the 31-year-old man driving the Malibu, were transported to an area hospital with major injuries. Anderson died the following morning. Salazar also sustained injuries. He was found to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury. He faces additional charges after Anderson’s death at the hospital, police said. The investigation is ongoing.
A wrong-way crash involves one of the vehicles driving into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision. Those involved in a wrong-way crash can suffer serious injuries due to the extreme force of an accident like this.
We offer our deepest condolences to the family of Sahtarria Anderson for their tremendous loss. We also wish the injured victim the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
California law prohibits drivers from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 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 such cases, in addition to criminal charges and penalties, DUI drivers can also be held criminally liable for the injuries, damages, and losses they cause. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cause of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Car crashes occurring in or around Riverside, such as this wrong-way crash, can have devastating consequences. Injury victims and surviving loved ones should consult with an attorney to ensure justice is done.
Families of deceased victims may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation. An experienced Riverside County DUI victims’ lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.