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Linda Vidal, Mario Cuatepotzo, Struck by DUI Driver Crashing into Hacienda Heights Church Building

Car Crashes into Comunidad Misionera Cristiana Church Building on Clark Avenue; Randy Lesinsky Arrested

 Linda Vidal, Mario Cuatepotzo, Struck by DUI Driver Crashing into Hacienda Heights Church BuildingHACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2018) – Linda Vidal and Mario Cuatepotzo were among three people injured when a driver crashed his grey Honda Accord into a church building where pedestrians were standing, according to ABC News.

The collision was reported on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 3:15 p.m. in the 14900 block of Clark Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said. The Honda crashed into the front entrance of the building and became wedged.

Prior to the collision, worshipers leaving the Comunidad Misionera Cristiana church had walked over to a nearby building and were gathered in front of the entrance when a suspected drunken driver crashed through a fence and struck several people including the church’s pastor, Linda VidalMario Cuatepotzo reportedly became stuck underneath the vehicle. He reportedly crawled out and shouted that he couldn’t feel his legs after the crash. Another person inside the home was also struck by the vehicle.

All three people were hospitalized, one with major injuries.

Police arrested the suspected DUI driver Randy Lesinsky, 49, of Hacienda Heights, after they confirmed his blood-alcohol content. There were also beer cans found in his vehicle. He was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence causing injuries and is being held without bail.

A GoFundMe post identified the church’s pastor and a church member who were severely injured. The church recently renovated the building and now is hoping to raise money for repairs and to help the injured.

Hacienda Heights DUI Crash Investigation

The investigation into this collision is underway, but it is apparent that the suspected DUI driver caused this crash and is liable for the injuries and damages he caused.

We hope that all those who were hurt get the best care available for a full recovery. 

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 companies.

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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