Police have arrested and charged a 31-year-old Norwalk man for his role in a fatal car crash along the 605 Freeway on July 18. The crash resulted in two deaths and multiple injuries.
The defendant was reportedly driving his Infiniti sedan just after 1:00 a.m. when he crashed into the rear of a Ford Windstar van that had become disabled on the freeway. Once the two vehicles collided, they both caught on fire.
At the time the disabled Ford was stuck, it was carrying four individuals, all from Paramount. The van’s 22-year-old female driver and a 7-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries in the crash. The decedents have been described as a 19-year-old woman and 52-year-old man. They died immediately from the impact of the crash.
The driver of the Infiniti also had a 22-year-old passenger in his vehicle. The California Highway Patrol reported that her injuries were relatively minor. The defendant was treated at the scene of the crash before being released into police custody.
He was later booked into the Los Angeles County Jail where he faces aggravated drunk driving and murder charges. Prosecutors have since released a statement saying that the man’s blood alcohol content (BAC) could have been over 0.20 percent at the time of the crash. He was previously involved in another drunk driving crash resulting in injuries.
If convicted of all the crimes he stands accused of, the man could be sentenced to as long as 44 years in prison.
The types of injuries that victims of fatal motorcycle, bicycle and car crashes suffer include head and neck injuries, scars and disfiguring injuries, paralysis and broken bones. If you’re faced with such injuries or a loved one’s death, a Los Angeles attorney can help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.