San Diego residents may be interested to read the details of a news report describing an accident that happened north of their city in Montebello. The mishap claimed the life of a woman who was a passenger in one of the two cars involved. A spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol has reported that the accident occurred on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway approaching Paramount Boulevard at around 1:39 a.m. on Dec. 15.

According to the report, a 2013 Kia Optima driven by a 24-year-old Rosemead man was proceeding eastbound when he apparently lost control of his vehicle and made contact with the concrete center divider. This caused his car to veer right. When it did, he struck the left side of a 2001 Acura Integra causing it to spin out of control. The Integra was carrying two passengers who were reportedly not wearing seat belts and were subsequently ejected from the car.

One of the Integra passengers was a 28-year-old woman from Commerce. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger was a 46-year-old man from La Habra. He reportedly suffered undescribed major injuries. The driver, a 34-year-old Los Angeles man, is reported to have suffered moderate injuries. Both men were rushed to an area hospital.

The driver of the Kia Optima, whose car apparently started the chain of events, was uninjured. He has been charged with suspicion of DUI. No further details relating to the charge were reported.

Facing criminal charges that stem from an apparent drunk driving accident should be taken very seriously. If convicted of such charges, possible jail time, heavy fines and other potentially life-altering consequences are a real possibility. People facing similar charges often seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney. After a review of the facts, the attorney may be able provide advice as to the best way to mount a legal defense.

Source: EGP News, “Commerce Woman Killed In Drunk Driving Crash“, December 19, 2013