OHIO, October 31, 2007 – A pickup truck slammed into a minivan killing five individuals. This is one of the worst DUI car accident to result in wrongful death in a long time. The trucker was DUI and his acts of driving under the influence caused him to collide head on with the minivan. This killed a woman, her four children and caused serious injuries to at least 3 more individuals. The truck versus passenger car head on collisions occurred around 4 miles or so from where the DUI driver drove into the highway traveling from the wrong direction.
The defendant who was driving while under the influence according to police, is named Michael Gagnon. He is just 24 years old. He was apparently so inebriated that he took his truck north on the southbound Interstate 280 late Sunday driving head on into highway traffic. The truck collided head on into the minivan. The accident scene was strewn with children’s toys, wrapping paper for presents, stuffed toy animals according the police.
Defendant Gagnon, tested positive to a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .254 following his apprehension and arrest. This is more than three (3) times the legal blood alcohol content allowed in California and many other states. Those states have a legal BAC of .08. Defendant Gagnon was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.
At least one witness confirms that Defendant Gagnon had been drinking that night and that he took off in his truck. Gagnon was apparently so drunk before the truck accident, employees at a fast food joint called the police on him, but the defendant fled the scene before the cops arrived. Other vehicle driver’s called the police as well, but the deadly car crash took place before the police could do anything.
Many of the victims in the passenger van were ejected and thrown out according to the police. The victims are 36 year old Bethany Griffin, 10 year old Jordan Griffin, 2 month old Vadi Griffin, 7 year old Lacie Burkman, 10 year old Haley Burkman, 10. All of these victims suffered wrongful death.
We hope you enjoyed this press report about DUI deadly car accident results in five wrongful deaths. The other three people who were passengers in the minivan suffered catastrophic injuries, are at the hospital, and their condition is guarded. Defendant Gagnon was not that seriously hurt and he is expected to go to jail soon. If you or someone you love was hurt in a head on car accident in Los Angeles, or Orange County, contact California car crash attorneys at 888-400-9721. Los Angeles car accident attorneys are standing by.
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