A motorist is dead and a 40-year-old semi-trailer driver is facing charges following a two-vehicle accident shortly after midnight in Ontario on Sept. 11. According to a report, the fatal crash was believed to have been caused by intoxicated driving.
According to police, the motorist died from injuries sustained after a man operating a semi-truck suddenly swerved and drove into the path of his sedan. Instead of stopping to help the victim, the truck driver allegedly continued eastbound on 60 Freeway where he crashed into a concrete barrier at an on-ramp. At this point, the man supposedly left his truck and walked down the highway for approximately a mile before police discovered and detained him near the Milliken Avenue on-ramp.
Although it was not reported if officers gave the man any sobriety tests, they claimed that he exhibited signs of inebriation. The accused man was taken to Rancho Cucamongo where he underwent booking procedures in the West Valley Detention Center. He has been charged with felony DUI while operating a commercial vehicle, felony hit-and-run and suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Shortly after the man abandoned his truck, a second accident occurred when a motorist driving on the freeway crashed into the stopped commercial vehicle, according to the report. Although it was not reported if the driver was hurt, police said the car sustained minor damage in the crash.
If a fatal semi-truck accident was caused by a drunken, speeding or careless driver, the decedent's surviving family members may be eligible to pursue compensation for damages by filing a wrongful death claim. Through evidence found in police reports and from the accused driver's guilty plea to DUI charges, a court may be convinced of driver negligence and award the family for their monetary losses stemming from the crash.
Source: KTLA, "Big-Rig Driver Suspected of DUI Fled Scene of Fatal Crash, Abandoned Truck on Freeway: Ontario Police", September 11, 2014
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