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Drunk driver leaves passengers after crashing vehicle

California residents know that they must be ever aware of the dangers associated with driving, riding a bike or even walking along the often busy streets in California. While often times a danger or a risk comes in the form of another vehicle there are some instances in which passengers can be in harm's way due to the actions and choices of the people driving the cars they themselves are riding in.

This is precisely the situation in which two people were in recently although it is not known if one of those people even ever had the chance to know it. A crash occurred when a vehicle with a driver and two passengers that was travelling northbound on Clark Avenue hit a utility pole. The timing of events is not exactly known but when officers arrived on the scene, the driver was not there. He had reportedly left on foot and was eventually found by police not far from the crash site.

One of the people found with the crashed vehicle died while the other was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center with a broken leg. The driver has since been charged with felony driving under the influence and hit and run charges as well as vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. It is not known if any civil action has or will be initiated.

Discussing a situation like this with a lawyer may be wise for California residents involved in these incidents so that they can learn how to seek compensation.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Passenger killed in suspected drunk driving crash in Long Beach, police say," Soumya Karlamangla, May 21, 2017

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