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DUI Suspect Cleared in Crash that Killed Los Angeles Family

By The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus  Jul. 15, 2013 9:55a

An 18 year-old, J. E. S., was recently cleared of criminal charges related to a traffic crash which killed five members of a Los Angeles family as they traveled home after an Easter weekend trip. One of the dead was a 13 year-old girl. The crash occurred in Nevada when the SUV that J. E. S. was supposedly driving rear-ended the van carrying the Los Angeles family. J. E. S. had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .12 at the time of the accident. DNA and other evidence gathered by investigators, however, revealed that he could not have been the driver. Instead, his friend, who was injured in the crash and hospitalized, appears to have been the driver. Apparently, J. E. S. was intimidated by the friend into lying about the incident.

It is not known whether or not the real driver of the SUV will be arrested and charged. An investigation into the accident is still underway and the prosecutor on the case indicated that the actual driver may face felony charges. The crash occurred on March 30th of this year. An accident report states that the SUV was speeding at more than 105 mph when it crashed into the slower-moving van carrying the family. At the scene of the accident, law enforcement officers found open and unopened beer in the SUV. J.E.S. faced seven felony counts in relation to the accident and was being held on $3.5 million bail prior to being cleared. He would have been subject to two to 20 years in prison for each count.

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The above illustrates the tragic consequences that can occur from traffic accidents where a driver is negligent. Speeding and driving while under the influence of alcohol are two leading causes of traffic crashes. Those who are unfortunate enough to be victimized by such negligence have the right to pursue justice through a personal injury or wrongful death claim or lawsuit. Their right to legal compensation for their losses and damages is protected under law. Ensuring that they are compensated in a fair and just manner, commensurate with their damages, can often be difficult without the help of a competent and dedicated attorney.

The law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus has been helping personal injury and wrongful death clients in the greater Los Angeles area since 1987. In its more than 30 years of practice, the firm has recovered over $100,000,000 for individuals and families. This proven history reflects the quality and competence of Mr. Marcus and his firm which was recognized by the City of Los Angeles as a premier company for 2011-2012. The firm has offices in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita / Valencia, Pasadena, and Thousand Oaks / Simi Valley and can come to your home, office, or hospital. To learn more about how the firm can help you following any traffic accident, contact the law office to schedule a free consultation.

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