Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Suspected DUI Driver Suffers from Major Injuries after Causing Pileup

Multi-vehicle accidents or pileups often result in more injuries, considering that many people are often involved in similar accidents.

In fact, a recent multi-vehicle accident has injured three people and also closed at least four lanes along the southbound 57, south of Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim.

According to reports, the accident was triggered by a black vehicle that overturned and struck a guardrail along the right shoulder at around 11:53 p.m.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers stated that at least three to five vehicles were involved in the accident.

A 2003 Ford driver who was identified as Candice Brannigan, 27, from Riverside, was moving in the No.1 lane when she struck the concrete center divider after swerving to the left. Reports said she then swerved back to the right, causing her vehicle to hit a 2001 Chevrolet that was moving in the No.2 lane.

According to authorities, a Chevy passenger Jesus Rodriguez, 29, from La Puente, was rushed to Kaiser in Anaheim with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, Brannigan sustained major injuries in the accident. She was brought to UCI Medical Center in Orange and was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Her passenger Malachi Banales, 33, from Ontario, also suffered from major injuries and was brought to the same hospital.

Reports said lanes 1, 2, and 3 as well as the car-lanes were closed after the accident. The lanes were reopened after more than an hour.

Brannigan should have refrained from driving the vehicle as she knew herself that she was drunk. By insisting on driving despite being drunk, she only endangered not only the lives of other people, but also herself. If found guilty of DUI, she may now be required to compensate everyone who suffered from injuries or property damages as a result of her negligence.