South Los Angeles: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed Christopher Raul Rivera on 105 Freeway


Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, May 29th, a drunk driver struck a disabled vehicle in the gore point between the 110 and 105 freeways in South Los Angeles, killing its driver, 19-year-old Christopher Raul Rivera. Mark A. Urbina, 22, veered to the right while traveling near the gore point, rear-ending Rivera’s 1997 Honda Civic, the impact causing his 2006 Nissan Sentra to burst into flames. Rivera was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Paramedics also took Urbina to the hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries. Afterward, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

“When a driver neglects to abide by safety laws and, while doing so, causes a crash resulting in serious trauma or death, the driver may be held liable for the cost of the victim’s recovery or expenses incurred by the family of the victim due to their loss,” explained California personal injury lawyer James Ballidis.

Traffic accidents that occurred in Los Angeles County in 2009 claimed the lives of 390 passenger vehicle occupants and injured another 64,178, according to the California Highway Patrol’s most current crash data. That year, alcohol was a contributing factor in 204 of the fatal and 4,672 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Christopher Raul Rivera, the man who was killed when a drunk driver struck his disabled vehicle on the 105 Freeway.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this South Los Angeles collision.

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