DUI Hit-and-Run Driver Erik Steverson Arrested in Wrong-Way Collision
A fatal wrong-way collision took place on Monday morning in Oakland on the Interstate 80 freeway.
The collision reportedly took place around 1:12 a.m. on September 6th, according to authorities.
CHP concluded that 32-year-old Erik Steverson was driving under the influence when he collided with another vehicle.
Steverson was driving his Chevrolet Impala the wrong-way when he hit a Volkswagen Jetta on the eastbound side of the freeway. Both cars collided close by where the 80 and 580 freeway connect.
As a result of the crash, the Jetta caught fire and was left partially over a guard rail.
The unidentified female driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
In addition, Steverson fled the scene on foot and was eventually detained on a bike path underneath the freeway.
Steverson was also treated at a nearby hospital for his minor injuries.
He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run and DUI. The victim’s name has yet to be disclosed pending notification of kin.
According to NHTSA, more than a quarter (25%) of accident-related deaths are linked to the use of alcohol. With that being said, according to the CDC, there are 30 people that are killed everyday in a car accident as a result of an alcohol-impaired driver. That is equivalent to one death every 50 minutes.
If your injuries are caused by the negligence of a third party you may be entitled to compensation. In the event of a death, families may also be entitled to wrongful death benefits.
If you or a loved one need legal help following an accident, contact JT Legal Group at (888) 529-3111.