A 24-year-old Costa Mesa woman, Kimberly Martin, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, after causing a crash involving two other vehicles. According to ABC 7 News, the crash occurred just before 12:30 a.m.
Witnesses say Martin ran a red light and collided with a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Tustin resident, Enrique Marquez. Marquez’s vehicle was sent careening into a third vehicle. Tragically, Marquez died at the scene. The driver of the third vehicle was sent to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Though the details of the crash are still under investigation, it is believed that Ms. Martin was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
When a DUI car accident causes injuries to another person, that person can bring a personal injury claim against the driver that caused their injuries. For example, the driver of the third car in this accident can bring a claim against Ms. Martin for the cost of his injuries and other damages. When a DUI ends with the death of another person, the victim’s family can bring a wrongful death claim against the driver. A wrongful death claim can provide the family with financial compensation for funeral expenses and other costs related to the unexpected loss of a loved one. Family members of Mr. Marquez can file a wrongful death claim.
If you were injured or lost a loved one as a result of another person’s decision to drive while under the influence, Walch Law is here to help you. We understand the heartbreak and financial burden that comes when a DUI crash results in serious injuries or the untimely loss of a loved one. Our attorneys are very skilled in representing Southern California car crash victims and their families and are ready and willing to assist you through this difficult process.
We offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Marquez.