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Michael Johnston Jr. Tustin Fatal Crash on 55 Freeway; Ivan Gonzalez Arrested

TUSTIN: Fatal Crash Wrong-way Driver 55 FreewayMichael Johnston Jr. Killed in Crash with DUI, Wrong-way Driver; 2 Injured

TUSTIN, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2018)  — Michael Johnston Jr., 33, of Brea was driving a Ford Mustang was killed in a head-on crash with a a suspected DUI, wrong-way driver Thursday on the northbound Costa Mesa 55 Freeway, according to the Orange County Register.

The 2 a.m. collision also seriously injured the victim’s female passenger and the DUI driver, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash took place at the connector to the northbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway.

Police had been alerted to the wrong-way driver who was traveling at speeds upwards of 100 mph, but were unable to stop him before the collision took place.

The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Ivan Gonzalez, of Lake Forest. He is suspected of driving while intoxicated, but he has not been booked yet due to his injuries after the incident.


Those of us at Johnson Attorneys Group offer our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Johnston and our prayers to those hurt in hopes of a full recovery.


The liability for this fatal crash is clear. The driver who was allegedly drunk and driving in the wrong direction will be held liable. Police are continuing to investigate this collision to determine all possible criminal charges that should be filed.

Many people have legal questions following an injury or fatal collision such as this one and they don’t realize they can speak to an attorney about their potential case at no cost. It’s important that your legal rights are protected as the financial impact of serious injuries or the loss of a loved one can compound the pain a family is suffering.

The insurance companies will often offer injured parties and or their families a small amount of money to settle their claim, leaving them without necessary funds to pay funeral expenses and medical costs and more. Even if there is a settlement offered, it’s unlikely this will make up for lost future earnings as well as loss of their love and companionship. An experienced attorney can help ensure you are fairly compensated.

Johnson Attorneys Group offers a free consultation and can be reached at 800-235-6801. Our offices have been serving Orange County for more than a decade and we are proud supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). -sks

 

 

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