Losing a loved one is a tragedy that no family should have to face. It’s devastating when you find out that a loved one has passed away due to someone else’s negligence. If you find out the fatal injuries suffered were a result of drunk driving, you have every right to be upset and to want to see the case through, so your family member gets the justice he or she deserves.
On off-duty officer has been accused of being under the influence at the time of a collision that caused the deaths of three people. A Sept. 27 news report indicated that the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into the case after one of the department’s officers was placed under arrest on suspicion of being drunk following a fatal crash.
The 26-year-old officer had been driving a 2016 Chevy Camaro when the accident took place. It was around 10:30 p.m., when he entered the fast lane and collided with the tail end of a Nissan. Inside, there was a child and his two parents.
The Nissan caught on fire following the impact, and the family was trapped inside. All three were pronounced dead at the scene. The injuries to the bodies are so severe that the coroner stated that it would take at least a week to identify the family.
After hitting the Nissan and causing the first accident, the officer’s vehicle continued on. He struck a Scion before eventually stopping. The driver of the Scion also suffered injuries. The man has not yet been disciplined and is on paid leave.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “Off-duty LAPD officer suspected of DUI in crash that killed 3 in Whittier,” Joseph Serna and Kate Mather, Sep. 27, 2017