A suspected drunk driver crashed into a home in Pomona, killing 59-year-old Yolanda Bozonier, who was inside. According to an NBC Los Angeles news report, the crash was reported on the night of Sept. 17 in the 1100 block of Colony Driver near South Hamilton Boulevard. Officers arrived to find a car that was partially inside the house. The victim inside was trapped under the vehicle for at least 20 minutes and died at the scene.
Her husband, Cyril Bozonier Jr. said his wife was likely getting ready for bed when the crash occurred. He had just arrived at work and before starting his shift called her. He always called to tell her that he arrived safely, he said. About five minutes later, his adult daughter called him to share the heartbreaking news about the fatal crash. First responders who arrived at the scene had to remove layers of debris to get to Yolanda who was trapped under the car next to the bedroom door.
The driver of the PT Cruiser was traveling southbound on Hamilton Boulevard at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and crashed into the house. Carmelino Martinezordonez, 33, of Pomona, was booked on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
We offer our deepest condolences to the Bozonier family for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Laws and Liability Issues
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver who crashed into the Bozoniers’ home was under the influence at the time. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a), it is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a), as Martinezordonez does in this case.
In such cases, in addition to criminal penalties, DUI drivers can also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses they cause. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering and loss of love care and companionship. An experienced Los Angeles County DUI victims’ lawyer can help fight for families’ rights and help ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.