Officials have arrested a 25-year-old woman in Redlands on suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed into another vehicle along an on-ramp on the 10 Freeway injuring herself and two others. According to a KTLA news report, the crash occurred early morning on Saturday, Dec. 22 when Alexis Calderon drove a Toyota Corolla on a westbound 10 Freeway on-ramp in the wrong direction from Orange Street southbound. She collided into a Nissan Versa that was driving the right way.
The driver of the Versa, 28-year-old Israel Hernandez and an unidentified 24-year-old female passenger, were both injured and transported to an area hospital. Calderon was transported to a hospital as well, but was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing great bodily injury. All three of the injured were listed in stable condition. Officials are still investigating the crash and anyone with information is asked to contact CHP at 909-383-4247.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victims of this crash. We wish them a speedy and complete recovery.
DUI Crash Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2015 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were two fatalities and 45 injuries involving drunk driving crashes reported in the city of Redlands. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 85 people died and 1,080 were injured due to alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the Toyota, Calderon, may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. It also appears that she was going the wrong way at the time. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
In addition to facing criminal charges, drivers who cause injuries to others, be it other motorists or passengers in their own vehicles, can be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced San Bernardino car accident lawyer who fights for victims’ rights will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their options.