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Fatal Wrong-way Crash Caused by Drunk Driver

On Saturday, June, 22, 2013, a wrong-way driver crashed into a van causing numerous injuries and one death. The accident occurred near Lancaster, California on Freeway 14 past Escondido Canyon Road. A suspected drunk driver from Burbank was heading south on northbound lanes in his Toyota tundra.

The man hit a Chrysler head-on and then rolled over and struck a Ford van that was carrying eight people.

Unfortunately a 77 year-old pastor from a community church in Lancaster was killed in the accident. One of his passengers, a 47 year-old man, was transported to a nearby hospital for major injuries. He was taken to the hospital via helicopter. Apparently, the pastor and his two passengers were driving late from a church event in San Diego.

The three people in the van suffered minor injuries. As a result, the freeway was closed for a few hours, but reopened around 7:30 AM. The driver of the accident is in the hospital suffering from major injuries. He will be arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence causing injury.

A similar accident involving a wrong-way driver occurred the previous Monday. The accident resulted in a multiple-vehicle pileup. Drugs and alcohol were also a factor in this accident as well.

Injuries and Fatalities Caused by DUI Drivers

Drunk drivers cause severe injuries and accidents. To better understand the severity of drunk driving, please read the following statistics.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash sometime in their life.
  • Almost every 90 seconds, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
  • In 2011, 9878 people died in a drunk driving crash – this equates to one person every 53 minutes.
  • Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.

Personal Injury Attorney

If you or someone you know was recently injured in a drunk driving accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately. A personal injury attorney will work to earn you monetary compensation for your injuries.

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