A young Vegas man was placed under arrest and charged with DUI after a fatal crash on Summerlin Parkway, according to recent reports. Marcelo Zavala, Jr., 19, was said to have been driving east of the Buffalo Drive exit when he made an unsafe lane change. He lost control of his Chevy Tahoe and hit another SUV traveling behind his vehicle. That SUV crashed into a guardrail. Zavala’s Tahoe overturned, ejecting passenger Steven Alexander Salas-Limon, 19, of Las Vegas. He died at the scene.
Four people, including Zavala, were taken to area hospitals in connection with the crash. Two were treated and released while one was admitted with severe head injuries.
Zavala is being charged with DUI with death and bodily harm as well as involuntary manslaughter. According to police, Zavala admitted smoking marijuana at a party as well as drinking one beer before getting behind the wheel. He is also being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a valid driver’s license and unsafe lane change.
Zavala had three outstanding warrants at the time of the crash for driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.
Drunk Driving: A Crime That Continues to Haunt Victims
Victims of drunk driving accidents and their families are often haunted by the unnecessary nature of these crashes. When someone chooses to drink and drive, he or she is creating a danger that does not have to exist. Therefore, when a person dies or is injured, it is even harder for the victim or the survivors to process than if the accident was truly an “accident.”
However, that does not stop drunk drivers from taking the roads in huge numbers. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving or MADD, about one-third of all crashes involve alcohol, and about one-third of all drunk drivers are repeat offenders. Furthermore, only a fraction of the people driving drunk at any given time are arrested.
To make matters even worse, many drunk driver are uninsured and unlicensed. This can make it easy for prosecutors to file criminal charges but is of little help for victims who need to collect monetary damages in order to pay for medical bills.
What Can I Do If I Am Hit By A Drunk Driver?
If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, there may be ways to collect compensation for your injuries. Talk to the experienced attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for more information.