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Truck driver killed in crash with alleged drunk driver

A U.S. Postal Service truck driver died in a crash on the Garden Grove (22) Freeway in Orange County recently, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash occurred around 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning.

The postal service truck was transporting mail and packages and was traveling eastbound on the freeway near the Valley View Street exit in Garden Grove. At the same time, a 26-year-old man from nearby Irvine was driving his Honda along the freeway.

The Honda driver lost control of his car, hit a railing and then spun around. The car then became disabled and stalled in one of the freeway lanes. The driver got out of the car and walked onto the side of the freeway.

Seconds later, the U.S. Postal Service semitruck, being driven by a contractor, hit the disabled car. The postal truck was sent into the median, where it flipped over and caught on fire.

The Orange County Coroner's Office pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

The Honda driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and a CHP officer gave drivers a message they shouldn't need to hear:

"Again, it's another reminder to everyone and all the public that you want to make sure you are not impaired while operating a vehicle," he said.

The postal service contractor was just doing his job that morning, expecting to make it home at the end of his shift. But because of someone else's alleged negligence, he didn't. This man's family has every right to pursue legal action against the Honda driver in civil court to seek reimbursement for funeral expenses at a minimum. An experienced attorney can offer advice about other potential damages.

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