Wrong-Way Crash Kills Mother of 3

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, a mother of three was killed when she was struck by a wrong-way driver. The accident occurred in Mission Viejo near Santa Margarita Parkway and Los Alisos Boulevard around 11:40 PM. The wrong-way driver was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

According to witnesses, a driver of a Ford F-250 pickup truck was heading south on northbound Santa Margarita Parkway. The driver, then, collided head-on into a minivan. The mother driving the minivan was a 36 year-old women from Trabuco Canyon. Unfortunately, the mother was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother’s children are around the ages of 7 to 14 years old.

The wrong-way driver was taken to a nearby hospital and is listed as in critical condition. The driver is a 42 year-old male from Mission Viejo who has a history of driving under the influence of alcohol. The driver is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol as investigators detected the odor of alcohol at the scene and the driver appeared impaired.

Driving Under the Influence

Alcohol greatly impairs the brain’s functions and abilities. Because alcohol is a depressant, it slows down the functions of the central nervous system. That means many functions are delayed and the person cannot act properly or normally. Alcohol affects a person’s information-processing skills. Thus, drinking alcohol before driving can greatly increase your risk of being involved in a dangerous accident.

Statistics and Preventative Measures
  •          In 2006, approximately 17,600 people died in traffic crashes involving alcohol
  •          In that same year, over 1.46 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

In order to prevent dangerous drunk driving accidents, one should refrain from drinking and driving and not allow friends to operate any vehicles while intoxicated.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you or someone you know was recently injured by a drunk driver, you should consult with a personal injury attorney regarding your injuries. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you a substantial settlement from the negligent driver for your pain and suffering. Contact us today.