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Charges brought in death of 22-year old motorcycle rider

A 22-year old motorcycle rider from El Segundo was reportedly killed by a drunk driver. The motorcycle rider was returning home from work when he was struck by the driver of the other vehicle on the Century (105) Freeway, and the motorcyclist's body became pinned between the vehicle and a concrete divider.

The driver that struck the motorcycle rider had recorded blood alcohol levels of 0.152 and 0.148 shortly after the accident occurred. The driver was also unable to maintain his balance while a field sobriety test was being conducted. An eyewitness to the accident said the van driven by the driver was swerving back and forth just before striking the motorcycle rider.

It probably won't surprise anyone that the driver of the van attempted to flee the scene following the accident. The van left the scene while driving at speeds of more than 80 miles per hour, and then the van came to a stop in a diagonal fashion in a car pool lane. Police found the driver slumped over in the van and asleep. Police claim it took a couple of minutes to wake the driver up.

The driver has since been charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of the accident. It is also reported that this was his third arrest for drunken driving since 2003.

Even the driver's attorney understands that defending her client will "be an uphill battle." What is not yet known is what the family of the motorcycle rider may do next in relation to the accident. Criminal charges against the driver would only allow for a partial remedy.

A 22-year old individual that had his whole life ahead of him has died due to this senseless crash. In some instances, wrongful death lawsuits regarding the accident can at least provide family members some closure. In any case, there are attorneys out there that will do what they can to help families of such victims out.

Source: Daily Breeze, "Alleged drunken driver ordered to stand trial for murder in death of El Segundo High School Graduate," by Larry Altman, April 19, 2013

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