Life-threatening Injuries in a DUI Collision
The crash happened around 4:45 a.m. on October 15th on Highway 101, just north of the Golf Course Drive exit.
According to CHP, a vehicle entered the southbound lane from the Highway 101 offramp and headed northbound.
As a result, that car then collided head-on with a southbound vehicle.
When emergency personnel arrived they had to extricate the southbound driver who was trapped inside of their car.
The male driver was then transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
In addition, the wrong-way driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
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.
Although crashes involving wrong-way driving account for only 3% of motor vehicle accidents, they usually have a higher fatality rate as they are often head-on collisions. A study in Virginia concluded that those accidents which include wrong-way driving are twenty-seven times more likely to end in a fatality compared to other types of accidents.
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.
UPDATE: The 23-year-old man who was in critical condition sadly died around 1:30 p.m. at the hospital. In addition, authorities have arrested and identified the DUI driver as 26-year-old David Stubbers. Stubbers was taken into custody following treatment at the hospital for his injuries.
The name of the deceased has yet to be released.