Woman Killed in Santa Paula ATV Rollover Crash; DUI Suspected
SANTA PAULA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2018) — Christopher Almena, 25, of Fillmore, was arrested on suspicion of DUI following a rollover ATV crash that killed his passenger identified only as a 23-year-old Arleta woman.
The collision took place on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. in the 20500 block of South Mountain Road, near Balcom Canyon Road.
Almena was reportedly driving an all-terrain vehicle on a dirt roadway when he lost control and the vehicle overturned. His passenger was partially ejected and died of her injuries.
Police arrested Almena on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and was booked into county jail, police said.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the victim’s name.
Witnesses are asked to call investigators at 805-662-2640.
Wrongful Death Investigation
The investigation into a collision such as this one begins immediately. Police will piece together evidence and speak with any witnesses. The driver who is suspected of DUI may face criminal and civil charges for the death of his passenger.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the woman who died.
There are many steps that should be taken following a collision to ensure your legal rights are protected, but this can vary depending on the circumstances. An injured person should seek out immediate and ongoing medical care until they are completely better. If someone has died, a wrongful death claim may be pursued by surviving family members against those responsible and or their insurance company.
Keep in mind that there are times when a government entity or an employer of an involved motorist that may share responsibility for an accident. All responsible parties can be identified during the investigation.
We hope you are able to get the help you need, but if you would like legal assistance, please call us at 855-703-4186 to request a free consultation.
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