Yuba County Crash Fatality Involves Suspected DUI Driver

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August 18, 2023
Edward Smith

Suspected Drunk Driver Involved in Quincy LaPort Road Fatal Accident

An accident involving a suspected DUI driver occurred east of Oroville on August 15 that took one man’s life. The collision happened on Quincy LaPorte Road southbound near Forbestown Road. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) accident report said a 22-year-old Dobbins man was going south on Quincy LaPort in a Dodge Ram pickup at the same time a Clipper Mills man, age 59, was in a Chevy Blazer heading north. 

Vehicles Collide Head-On for Unknown Reasons

The vehicles crashed together head-on for unknown reasons, resulting in the death of the Clipper Mills man. The name of the man who died in the collision caused by the suspected DUI driver hasn’t been released pending family notification by the coroner. Authorities stated that the Dobbins man appeared to be impaired by drugs at the time of the accident. 

Suspected DUI Driver Arrested and Facing Serious Charges

The 22-year-old was placed under arrest under charges of suspected gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The suspected DUI driver was transported to Marysville to Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital with moderate injuries. Officers booked the man into the Yuba County Jail when the hospital released him. The CHP area office for Yuba-Sutter asks those with information about the crash to contact them at (530) 645-6200. The CHP traffic collision unit is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash. 

Why You Should File a Wrongful Death Claim

A wrongful death happens when a negligent driver causes an accident that results in a fatality. This gives the administrator of the deceased’s estate or his/her immediate family members the right to file a wrongful death claim to recover damages. It is an opportunity for the family to obtain justice for their loss and holds the negligent party responsible financially. Among the recoverable damages are:

  • The expenses for the deceased family member’s funeral and burial are recoverable.
  • If the decedent was employed, their wages and benefits, including pension and insurance, are recoverable until the person reaches retirement age.
  • The spouse that survives may place a claim for the loss of consortium, love and affection that has been taken away.
  • Children in the family supported by the decedent may claim a loss of guidance, support and nurturing that the decedent provided.
  • Loss of inheritance is recoverable in some instances.
  • Household assistance the decedent normally provided can be compensated, such as lawn or home care and others.
  • In some cases, where reckless indifference or an intentional act is involved, such as by a DUI driver, the family may be able to ask for punitive damages. This award is in addition to other compensation and often much higher.

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