Is Drunk Driving to Blame for Fatal Victorville Crash?

Police arrested a drunk driving suspect who caused a fatal crash in Victorville in December. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, 34-year-old Florencio Arellanes Bernal was driving a black Toyota Highlander eastbound on Palmdale Road when he crashed into a Toyota Echo.

The crash happened around 10:21 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Police say the Echo slowed down to make a left turn onto Emerald Road when it was struck by the Highlander. Bernal failed to slow down to allow the turn, resulting in the collision. The Echo rolled several times, coming to rest on its roof in the eastbound lanes.

Authorities airlifted the Echo driver to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for unknown injuries. The passenger, a 47-year-old from Victorville, died at the scene.

Drunk Driving Suspect Faces Manslaughter Charge

Bernal was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He also faces three counts of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.

“We offer our condolences to the family of the victims. Drunk driving is unacceptable, and far too often the result is grieving loved ones,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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