A suspected drunk driver struck and killed a 26-year-old Fontana woman on a local highway. The deceased woman’s car had stalled in Whittier near Waddell Street on the 605 Freeway after she accidentally struck a guard rail on the right shoulder. The stall occurred at 2:25 a.m. prompting the woman to switch places with a passenger in the back seat when the car was struck from behind by a 1991 Toyota Previa.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier where she died. The other two passengers suffered mild to moderate injuries and were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. The driver of the Previa, 20-year-old Criselda Valderrama of Baldwin Park, said she did not notice the stalled car. She was also taken to a local area hospital and subsequently arrested on suspicion of manslaughter while intoxicated.
More tragic than the youth of the women involved is the fact that the suspect who hit the stalled car was driving while drunk. This could mean that the accident was avoidable and especially senseless. If she was indeed driving drunk, the deceased woman’s family could sue the offender for financial restitution. If a drunk driver is behind your loved one’s death, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact our sponsoring legal team for a free case assessment.