For a family in Biola, California, the Thanksgiving holiday was one they were forced to spend mourning the loss of a loved one. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident was caused by a driver they believe was under the influence.
The man, who was 29 years old, had just left his house and hadn’t gone more than a block before he was hit. His parents and his brother were riding with him, and they were all heading for San Diego. That’s when a car driven by a 24-year-old man swerved into their lane and rammed into them.
That man then apparently tried to run away from the scene of the crash, but the police quickly located him down the street and took him into custody.
While the 29-year-old was killed at the crash site, his father was also seriously injured and had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter. He had a fractured skull and was in critical condition. The other family members suffered minor injuries.
The youngest child was asked about the incident and said sadly that they simply were hoping to celebrate the holidays as a family, never expecting such a tragic turn of events. A spokesperson for the police department said these stories are the reason they work so hard to give people more information about drunk driving, hoping to prevent it.
When a loved one is killed in an accident that was easily preventable, the family members may be able to seek compensation. This may seem like a small consolation after such a loss, but it can help cover significant expenses, like medical bills and lost future wages.
Source: ABC 30, “Family spending Thanksgiving mourning family member killed in DUI crash near Biola,” Joe Ybarra, Nov. 24, 2016