A man was killed Sunday in a Huntington Beach hit-and-run while getting into his vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway. A 27 year-old woman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs struck the man and continued driving. The victim was transported by paramedics to nearby UCI Medical Center, where he passed away from his injuries.
Witnesses helped police officers locate the woman’s SUV about a mile away from the location of crash. The vehicle showed damage consistent with a pedestrian accident. The driver has been identified as Laura Ferreira of Huntington Beach. She was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run resulting in a death. It is likely Ferreira may face charges of manslaughter for her callous lack of judgement.
The hit-and-run took place just before 10:00 p.m. The victim was in the process of getting into his car, which was parked along PCH. According to people who witnessed the accident, Ferreira was traveling southbound on PCH when she veered her Nissan Xterra directly into the man. The Huntington Beach police department is asking anyone else with information regardless this tragic accident to contact investigators.
There have been 35 alcohol-related car accidents in Huntington Beach since the January 1st, 2015. Sixteen of those accidents resulted in injuries.
Despite the great efforts of law enforcement and new taxi alternatives like Uber, drunk driving continues to be a problem in California. There are over 200,000 DUI arrests and over 1,300 alcohol-related fatalities every year.
For more information visit our drunk driving in California resource page. It is the hope of Bergener Mirejovsky that increasing awareness will help decrease the numbers of reckless dui drivers in our state. Prevent a tragedy by not turning a blind eye. If you see someone intoxicated get behind the wheel of a car, call the police immediately. If you see someone driving on the road that you suspect may be under the influence, call 9-1-1 and keep your distance.