The driver of a Nissan Altima has turned himself in to police after causing a deadly car accident which claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and her unborn child Sunday, January 4, 2009, on I-5 near Solana Beach.
The driver, 27-year old John Francis Sudac Jr., surrendered to the California Highway Patrol in Oceanside and was charged on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (DUI).
Our firm’s San Diego car accident attorneys know from experience about how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel with alcohol in a driver’s system. You could receive permanent scars, both physically and emotionally, after a drunk-driving accident leads to serious personal injuries or wrongful death.
In the good news department, it seems that the person suspected of stealing the dead woman’s purse after the accident was merely a good Samaritan. Mark Struk, 31, of Carlsbad was arrested on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 on suspicion of felony grand theft. CHP originally thought that a woman got out and grabbed the purse lying on the road before Struk drove off. In actuality, Struk actually picked up a wallet, which had fallen out during the car accident, and returned it to the auto accident scene.
Struk was released from jail the following day.
Yine Erandy Gonzalez Angeles, 24, of Tijuana was the front passenger in a Ford Explorer SUV that rolled over several times during the car accident. The Nissan was speeding and changing lanes without regard to safety before the auto accident. Witnesses to the car accident told CHP that Sudac needed to be helped out of his car afterward. It was then that he fled the scene on foot along with an unnamed passenger, whom police are currently searching for. Authorities suspect that Sudac was also under the influence and possessed marijuana at the time the hit-and-run car accident.
We, as auto accident attorneys in San Diego, are saddened by this woman and her unborn baby’s tragic death. If Sudac turns out to be the driver of the Nissan that caused the car accident and the wrongful death of Angeles, his actions leave us with few words. DUI accidents are always preventable, but Sudac made a bad situation worse when he left the scene.
Our firm’s San Diego car accident lawyers understand that people make mistakes. However, two wrongs do not make a right. If you make a mistake should you not own up to it?
If you were injured and believe that you deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced car accident lawyer and find out how we can help you. We look forward to providing good advice for your case. There is no fee if no recovery.
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