Police say that a car driven by a man under the influence of alcohol collided with a stationery car on the 91 Expressway in Corona in the early hours of Sunday morning, caused a fiery accident that left one person dead and another seriously injured. Adrian Maude from Menifee was heading eastbound on the busy expressway near Green River Road at 4 a.m. when his car collided with a disabled Honda, which had stopped on the same lane because of another crash, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol.
Shortly after the crash allegedly caused by Maude, the Honda became engulfed in fiery flames. The driver of the Honda managed to escape and was treated for severe injuries at UC Irvine, the female passenger however failed to escape the collision and died on the spot. The Riverside coroner was yet to release the identity of the deceased woman by Sunday morning.
Our sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers are with the victim’s and their families. Such a horrific loss can be very difficult to overcome. Adrian Maude was immediately arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunk driving. He suffered minor injuries, according to statements from the police. The CHP is currently investigating circumstances leading to the fatal collision.
Although it is illegal in Riverside County and the State of California at large to drive with alcohol blood concentration of .08 or higher, drivers across the state and nation still continue to get behind the wheel after taking in too much alcohol.
The National Highway Traffic Safety highlights the severity of the nation’s prevalent drunk and driving epidemic. According to the administration, in each year a third of motor vehicle traffic fatalities involve at least one drunk driver or motorist. Riverside County Police Lieutenant Mark Rossi stated that in 2011 alone, 9,878 fatalities arising from car crashes involved drivers under the influence of alcohol. That equates to approximately one drunk and driving death in every 53 minutes. 774 deaths in California were as a result of impaired driving.
Lieutenant Rossi also added that weekends like Labor Day are potentially dangerous. Over the course of the 2011 Labor Day weekend, 138 fatalities occurred in motor vehicle accidents which involved motorcycle riders or drivers with 0.08 percent blood alcohol concentration or higher. Out of those deaths, 83 percent of them occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. times when many people head home after drinking and or clubbing.
In California, 11 fatalities occurred over the long weekend and involved a driver with 0.8 percent blood alcohol concentration or higher. Drunk driving mostly takes a serious toll on young drivers. Of the 18 to 35 year old drivers who got killed in motor accidents over the 2011 Labor Day holiday, 42% were related to alcohol impairment. Research indicates that the presence and visibility of enforcements like the Get Pulled Over™ or Drive Sober™ campaign greatly reduces drunk and driving deaths by up to 20%.
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