Behind every tragic drunk-driving accident there is a victim; and behind every victim, there is a story. For a deadly crash in Fremont recently, the story was that of a 23-year-old Union City Marine. And although his family and friends are likely still grieving their loss, his story will not be soon forgotten and will stand as a reminder to everyone in California about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Just days ago, in Fremont, the Marine lance corporal was riding his motorcycle shortly after 1 a.m. when he was suddenly struck by a drunk driver who had failed to yield the right of way at an intersection. Reports indicate that the drunk driver was fleeing from police at a high rate of speed when he collided with the 23-year-old soldier who died at the scene.

Sources say that the Marine had recently returned home from a tour in Afghanistan, which is considered to be one of the more dangerous warzones for U.S. troops. But for this particular soldier, the danger did not lie overseas but rather back here in California. Even though we know that drunk driving can lead to serious -- if not fatal -- accidents, people all across the nation continue to make the bad decision of driving while intoxicated. Unfortunately for the marine’s family and friends, this fact became personal this month.

Although sources do not indicate if the victim’s family has sought legal representation at this time, it’s worth noting that they may have a case for wrongful death and may be entitled to compensation. Though a settlement will not bring back their deceased love one, it may afford them some comfort that the driver is being held accountable for his actions and that justice has been served.

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle, “Motorcyclist killed in Fremont crash was a Marine,” Henry K. Lee, March 25, 2014