Denis Alberto Reyes has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for causing a Long Beach Wrongful Death Accident that killed four people. Reyes, who was driving a stolen car, was apparently involved in a drag race with a Mustang, when the two vehicles collided.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Long Beach accident caused the ejection from the vehicle of the driver of the Mustang and two passengers. All three died from the Long Beach car accident, as well as another passenger who died later at a hospital.
Reyes, who was 17 at the time, and fled the scene of the car accident in Long Beach, was later arrested. He pled no contest to four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of car theft and hit and run causing death.
The families of victims of a wrongful death accident are entitled under the law to wrongful death damages from the responsible party. Usually, an experienced Long Beach wrongful death attorney would seek damages from the responsible party’s insurance company, if any. Unfortunately, in a case like this, there may not be a source of recovery for the families of the four victims.
If the families have hired a Long Beach personal injury attorney, that lawyer should investigate all possible avenues to recovery, including if any other cars or entities were responsible for the four wrongful deaths. This may require extensive investigation.
Families of victims of a wrongful death should call our office right away for a free consultation so that we can attempt to determine if there is a case and seek all possible monetary recoveries.