Fatal Newport Beach Bicycle Accident Involves Suspected DUI Driver
A driver was arrested early morning on July 15, 2017 after he fled the scene of a fatal Newport Beach bicycle accident, officials said. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred when a vehicle struck a pair of bicyclists on northbound Newport Boulevard near Industrial Way. One of the bicyclists, identified as 41-year-old Jose Vasquez-Perez, was killed. It is not clear how badly the other cyclist was injured.
The driver fled before officers arrived, but was located a short time later as he was seen trying to push the vehicle involved in the fatal crash out of the roadway on Newport Boulevard near 16th Street. The driver was later identified as 23-year-old Taylor Evans of Santa Ana. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI with bodily injury, hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. The investigation is ongoing.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members of Jose Vasquez-Perez for their tragic loss. We also wish the injured bicyclist the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
DUI and Hit-and-Run Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver in this case, Evans, was not only under the influence of alcohol, but also struck and killed a bicyclist and then fled the scene of a crash. It is illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs or drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
It is also illegal under California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Drivers are required to stop immediately, remain at the scene of the crash until officials arrive and offer assistance to the injured victims. This could be something as simple as calling 911 so the injured victims get prompt medical attention.
Justice for Victims
If you have been injured in a DUI collision or if you have lost a loved one in a DUI crash, you may be eligible to receive monetary compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. In addition to facing criminal penalties, drunk drivers can also be held financially responsible for the damages they have caused. Injured victims or families of deceased victims would be well advised to contact an experienced Newport Beach personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.