One Dead in Early Morning Crash at Azusa Gas Station
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One Dead in Early Morning Crash at Azusa Gas Station

ambulanceA car slammed violently into gas pumps at an Azusa gas station in the early morning hours Sunday, leaving a passenger dead and the driver in serious but stable condition.

Impact of crash causes car to flip over

The impact of the crash, at a Mobil station along Azusa Avenue just north of the 210 Freeway, flipped the car over. Police suspect the driver of driving under the influence of alcohol. They also indicated he was likely going significantly above the 25 mph speed limit.

The driver was taken to a local hospital. Neither the passenger nor driver, both men in their twenties, were immediately identified. The crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. on November 18.

Local police noted that it was fortunate that the crash didn’t start a fire, observing that the gas pumps emergency shut-off mechanisms likely prevented it.

Determining negligence in a car crash

While police observations in this crash are preliminary, some general observations can be made about negligence in vehicle accidents. Drivers are always responsible for following safety rules and regulations, and for following California state law regarding the operation of a vehicle. These laws include following posted speed limits and driving a vehicle safely.

If a driver does not follow California law and safety rules and regulations, the driver can be found negligent.

Safe operation also requires that drivers not drink alcohol to excess. A driver in California is driving under the influence (DUI) if a test determines that the blood alcohol count (BAC) in question is 0.8% or more.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a reckless or drunk driver, The Ellis Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have 20 years of experience litigating and investigation vehicle collisions and car accidents in the Los Angeles area.

Possible causes are in any crash can be complex, but we fight for your rights. Please call today for a complimentary appointment to discuss your case with an experienced southern California car crash attorney. We can be reached at 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources:

  1. ABC7.com. VIDEO: Car crashes into Azusa gas station, killing 1. November 18, 2018. https://abc7.com/video-car-crashes-into-azusa-gas-station-killing-1-/4716609/
  2. Day, Brian. Passenger Killed, Driver Suspected of DUI After Car Smashes into Gas Pump in Azusa. KTLA5. November 18, 2018. https://ktla.com/2018/11/18/passenger-killed-driver-suspected-of-dui-after-car-smashed-into-gas-pump-in-azusa/