Investigators are looking into drunk driving and speeding as potential causes of a serious South Los Angeles car accident that injured nine people, including six children.
According to police reports, one car ran a red light on Compton Avenue, struck another car and then hit a utility pole. The driver who ran the red light tried to flee the scene of the accident, even though he had children in his car. With help from witnesses, police officers were able to find the driver and arrest him.
One adult and five young children between six months and five years old were hospitalized.
Car accidents caused by reckless driving and potential drunk driving are always traumatic, but they become even more distressing when they involve young children. In this case, the driver who ran the red light and attempted to leave the scene of the accident had four children in his car (and one other adult). If he is found to have been driving drunk, he can face multiple criminal charges, including charges for leaving the scene of the accident and driving under the influence of alcohol with young children in his car.
But, as we have pointed out before, the criminal case will not provide the families of those injured with the compensation they need to recover from this terrible accident. That must be done through the civil courts and personal injury lawsuits. Depending on whose children were riding with the at-fault driver, coverage issues in this case could get messy.
Source: NBC 4 Southern California, "Seven Children, Two Adults Injured In South Los Angeles Crash," Brandon Lowrey, Apr. 20, 2013