Dahlene Martin-Lovelace, 56, Killed by Driver High on Marijuana
WEST COVINA (June 11, 2018) – A pedestrian severely injured after an alleged DUI hit-and-run accident last week Thursday on Merced Avenue has died, according to San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Coroner’s office identified the victim as 56-year-old Dahlene Martin-Lovelace, of West Covina.
As per the article, police said Martin-Lovelace was walking in the 1100 block of East Merced Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle. The collision took place on June 7 at 5:35 a.m.
Dominic Orozco, 21, Arrested For DUI Hit-and-Run
Martin-Lovelace was immediately taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries on Saturday afternoon, June 9.
Meanwhile police affirmed that the driver involved did not stop to render aid and fled west on Merced. The suspect, 21-year-old Dominic Orozco, crashed through a wall and came to a stop in a front yard at Neff and Merced avenues.
The La Puente man sustained minor wounds and was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and driving under the influence of marijuana. He was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty to a felony count of hit-and-run resulting in death or serious injury to another person.
We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of Ms. Dahlene Martin-Lovelace during such a difficult time.
Los Angeles County Wrongful Death Lawyer
It is evident that Mr. Dominic Orozco will be held fully responsible for causing the tragic incident that led to the death of the innocent pedestrian involved. Leaving the scene following a crash is a serious crime and punishable by law especially if the incident tragically killed and injured other individuals.
Aside from fleeing, the suspect is also accused of driving under the influence of marijuana at the time. In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing are clearly factors, the surviving family of Ms. Dahlene Martin-Lovelace will be entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. The claim will include a compensation for the funeral costs, hospital bills, future medical needs and lost wages, pain and suffering and lost of love and companionship.
If your loved one has been a victim of an auto accident caused by a negligent person, we encourage you to speak with our experienced Los Angeles County wrongful death lawyer to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Call us at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.
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