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Elias Juarez and James Sanderson Orange Fatal DUI Crash on Santiago Canyon Road

Elias Juarez and James Sanderson Orange Fatal DUI Crash on Santiago Canyon Road

Elias Juarez and James Sanderson Killed by DUI Driver in Orange

ORANGE (June 4, 2018) – Two construction workers killed by an alleged DUI driver along Santiago Canyon Road last week have been identified as Elias Juarez and James Sanderson, according to The Orange County Register.

The victims, 51-year-old Elias Juarez and 35-year-old James Sanderson, were both road-construction worker who died on May 31.

As per the article, police said Juarez and Sanderson were working with a crew with their pickup stopped in the bike lane on Santiago Canyon Road when a vehicle headed east hit the truck.

The two employees were believed to have been at the back of the pickup setting up the signs for construction work when they were hit. The collision occurred shortly before 8:50 p.m., just east of and Jamboree Road.

Hipolito Paez-Vazquez Arrested For DUI

Police affirmed that Juarez and Sanderson were pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, the driver of the eastbound car, who was believed to have been under the influence of alcohol, stopped and cooperated with the authorities. The suspect, 30-year-old Hipolito Paez-Vazquez, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

He reportedly pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree murder, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving without a valid license.


We offer our prayers and most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Mr. Elias Juarez and Mr. James Sanderson during such a difficult time.


Orange County Wrongful Death Lawyer

Based on the news reports, it is evident that Mr. Hipolito Paez-Vazquez will be held fully responsible for causing the incident that led to the death of the two innocent men involved. The suspect is believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. DUI is considered a serious crime throughout the state, especially if the incident tragically killed and hurt other individuals.

The surviving families of Mr. Elias Juarez and Mr. James Sanderson will then have the right to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault party. Family members of wrongful death victims will be entitled to a recompense for the funeral costs, loss of future income, and loss of love and companionship.

If your loved one has been a victim in an auto accident caused by the negligence and wrongdoing of another person, we urge you to contact Johnson Attorneys Group and speak with one of our experienced Orange County wrongful death lawyer to help you. We will fight aggressively for your legal rights and obtain the justice you deserve. Give us a call today at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.

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Personal Injury Attorney at Johnson Attorneys Group
James Johnson is passionate about helping his injured clients recover losses and receive the maximum compensation available. Under his leadership, he has recovered more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for his deserving clients.
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