David Cruz, 53, Victim in Goleta DUI Crash
GOLETA (June 8, 2018)- According to the KEYT News, very serious injuries were reported this morning on Highway 217 also referred to as Ward Memorial Boulevard.
At roughly 1:30 a.m., Grady Hocking, 21, was the driver of a 2018 Mazda traveling south on Highway 101 before entering Highway 217 in the wrong direction headed westbound in eastbound traffic lanes.
A short while later, Hocking’s Mazda collided head-on with a 2012 Dodge driven by David Cruz, 53.
Following the crash, authorities confirmed that Cruz sustained a severe leg injury for which he was rushed to a local area hospital for. He is expected to survive.
Grady Hocking, 21, Arrested for DUI
Meanwhile, Hocking suffered a fractured sternum and was determined to have been under the influence while he was driving. Officials plan on arrested Hocking pending his release from the hospital.
According to KEYT News, both drivers were indeed wearing their seatbelts at the time of the collision.
Santa Barbara and Goleta Personal Injury Accident Lawyer
A forensic examination of each of the vehicles involved, as well as photos that were taken of the scene, will help investigators determine what ultimately caused the accident. Based on the preliminary information provided, however, it appears as though the 21-year-old man will be held liable for this crash as it has been determined that he was under the influence as he crossed over into oncoming traffic directly into the path of the 53-year-old man.
In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing may have been a factor, the injured victim, David Cruz, will have the right to a personal injury lawsuit against the DUI driver, Grady Hocking. Injured accident victims may seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost future income due to injury, and pain and suffering.
Contact our experienced Santa Barbara and Goleta personal injury lawyers today if you are seeking advice and or guidance following a tragedy. Call us today at 855-703-4186.
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