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Pacoima, CA – Passenger Killed in Crash with DUI Driver on Golden State (5) Fwy

Pacoima, CA (August 2, 2020) – Officers with the California Highway Patrol reported on a fatal crash involving an intoxicated driver early on Saturday morning, August 1st. The accident was reported at around 2:35 a.m. on the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles.

According to the CHP, 25-year-old Jorge Martin Martinez, of Los Angeles, was driving southbound on the freeway in a white 2012 GMC cargo van with one passenger when he approached the transition to the Hollywood (170) Freeway. Martinez veered off the roadway and crashed into a guardrail.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the scene where they located the van facing the wrong direction and one passenger trapped inside the wreckage. The victim was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center-Mission Hills. He was pronounced deceased a short time later.

Martinez suffered only minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of DUI among other charges. The incident remains under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim at this time.

Fatal DUI Accidents in Los Angeles

Official data shows that in 2014, a total of around 46,500 traffic collisions took place just within the city of Los Angeles, alone. Throughout 2015, that number rose to approximately 52,000, and then surged again the following year with a total of at least 55,350 car crashes reported in 2016. Collisions, particularly DUI accidents in Los Angeles are often devastating as severely reckless drivers are frequently responsible for the most devastating car crashes. Some of the other leading causes of serious collisions include negligent drivers who engage in actions such as speeding, drowsy, and distracted driving.

Car accidents repeatedly result in not only physical damage and severe injuries but emotional and financial turmoil as well. Fully realizing your rights as a victim or a bereaved loved one can be of paramount importance as you begin moving forward. First and foremost, however, those who have suffered unjustly at the hands of a seriously negligent driver or other entity must understand the need for aggressive representation to fight on their behalf as soon as possible. In the event of a crash that has claimed the life of a loved one, family members are encouraged to hold the liable party accountable for wrongful death.

After suffering an injury or the loss of a family member, victims are left with enormous costs due to hospitalizations and often continued care, including years of therapy in many cases. There is nothing more important than obtaining astute representation that understands the sensitive nature of such a time. The victim of someone else’s actions should never be held responsible for the cost of their treatment, and a catastrophic injury attorney will help you recover the compensation you deserve.

At AgnewBrusavich, our dedicated Torrance car accident attorneys are devoted to helping those who have wrongfully suffered at the hands of an irresponsible party throughout Torrance and surrounding areas. We understand the overwhelming moments that follow a sudden and severe accident, and we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, contact our Los Angeles accident attorneys at (310) 928-9081 today.

Note: AgnewBrusavich has created these posts solely using secondary sources. The information contained in these posts has not been verified by our firm. Please contact our firm as soon as possible, if any information appears to be inaccurate. We will immediately make the necessary corrections.

Disclaimer: Our firm is providing this post for general information and to help the public avoid similar situations, but also prepare them should they find themselves a victim. We strive to honor those who have been victims of accidents in Southern California. Victims should seek assistance from legal or medical professionals and not view this post as any type of legal or medical advice. The photos depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene. 

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