Man, 29, Badly Injured in Lemoore DUI Wrong-Way Crash on Highway 198
LEMOORE (March 26, 2019) – A driver was hospitalized after an alleged DUI crash along Highway 198 early Friday morning, March 22.
California Highway Patrol officials said the incident began when 38-year-old Salvador Almanza was driving a 2016 Honda Civic east on the westbound side of Highway 198.
The Porterville man then collided head-on with a 2013 Honda Civic that was traveling west on the highway at the time. The accident was reported just before 3:30 a.m., east of Houston Avenue.
Suspect Salvador Almanza, 38, Arrested For DUI
According to Hanford Sentinel, the 29-year-old Hanford man operating the Honda Civic was taken to Kaweah Delta Hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. His name and condition were not disclosed.
CHP reported that Almanza was also hospitalized with moderate injuries. He was believed to be impaired when the wreck occurred.
The wrong-way motorist was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The investigation is ongoing.
Personal Injury Lawyer
In this case, Mr. Salvador Almanza is believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision. DUI is considered as a serious crime throughout the state which has corresponding criminal penalties for the suspect. The kinds of the charges to be filed depend on factors including the prior convictions of the alleged DUI driver, the severity of the offense, the level of intoxication and the injuries caused to another individual.
Aside from DUI, the motorist is also accused of driving the wrong-way at the time of the wreck. The man driving the Honda Civic will have then the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit seeking a compensation for all the hospital bills, future medical needs, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact our experienced personal injury lawyer at 855-703-4186 for a free case consultation.
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