13 people died over the weekend in what has been the deadliest car crash in California in several decades. A USA Holiday tour bus crashed into the back of a truck trailer early Sunday morning in Desert Hot Springs, crumpling the front third of the bus. The bus was headed back to Los Angeles after taking the passengers to a casino in Thermal.
Liam Kowal, the 15-month-old son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and Mishel Eder, died last week after an alleged drunk driver hit the toddler in a Hawthorne crosswalk. One day after the accident, doctors declared Liam brain dead, at which point Kowal and Eder decided to take the boy off life support so that his organs could be donated.
According to obtained police reports, Roger Clinton (Hillary Clinton's brother-in-law) had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 following his arrest for driving under the influence in Redondo Beach last month. Clinton was pulled over on June 5th by police after a caller reported a reckless driver and law enforcement saw Clinton's car speeding and swerving on Pacific Coast Highway.
Three men died early Friday morning after a three-vehicle crash on the 405 freeway in Carson. The crash was initiated by a suspected drunken driver around 1 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the 405 at Wilmington Avenue. The freeway was shut down until early morning when workers cleared the wreckage.
For anyone who has driven a car in Los Angeles, it should come as no surprise that a study by data company Inrix named the city as the worst in the United States for sitting in traffic for the fourth year in a row. According to the study, Los Angeles drivers spend an average of 81 hours in freeway traffic each year - about five less hours per year than Washington D.C. and San Francisco, the second and third worst traffic cities in the United States, respectively.
Getting pulled over is rarely a pleasant experience, and if you have been drinking it can be terrifying as well as having lasting consequences. Driving under the influence is always a bad decision, but unfortunately still occurs - the 2015 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System reported 160,388 DUI arrests in 2013 and over the last ten years has consistently maintained an arrest rate around 70-80%. California has extremely strict penalties for DUI offenses, so if you find yourself in this situation it may help to understand what rights you have.