Police in Rancho Cucamonga have identified a woman injured in a March 4, 2009 drunken driving rear-end auto accident as Carol Lee Santa Cruz. According to the Inland Empire & Inland Valley Breaking News, Santa Cruz, who was driving a blue Hyundai SUV, was stopped at a red light at Haven Avenue near 19th Street when she was rear-ended by a red Chevrolet sedan driven by Deanna Anderson. San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Deanna Anderson on suspicion of felony DUI. Santa Cruz was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries.
I’m relieved that Carol Lee Santa Cruz did not suffer major injuries in this Rancho Cucamonga DUI auto accident. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery from her injuries.
If this report is accurate and Anderson, the driver of the Chevy sedan, was intoxicated at the time of the collision then, she must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. According to California Highway Patrol’s 2006 statistics there were 23 auto accident fatalities in Rancho Cucamonga out of which six were alcohol-related crashes. In San Bernardino County as whole there were 133 fatalities and 1,202 injuries involving alcohol-related traffic collisions.
It is illegal in the state of California to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs – be it recreational or prescription drugs. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The same code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
Carol Lee Santa Cruz would be well-advised to consult with a reputed California DUI auto accident attorney who has experience with drunk driving accidents. A skilled personal injury attorney will help secure fair compensation for Santa Cruz’s injuries and loss. Our firm currently represents several injured victims who have been injured by drunk drivers. We are extremely committed and aggressive when it comes to pursuing these individuals who made that irresponsible choice – to get behind the wheel when they were intoxicated.