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Drunk driver kills four in fiery wreck

California residents know that the state has some of the strictest laws and penalties associated with drunk driving in the country. Despite this, too many people ignore the realities and choose to hop in their cars and drive after they have been drinking. This leads to the continued unnecessary deaths of many innocent people - deaths that should be avoidable if other drivers would only stop to think about others. 

A recent and very tragic example of this can be seen in a wreck that happened in the wee morning hours on a Sunday in Santa Ana. NBC Los Angeles reported that four people were in a pickup truck that approached the intersection of Tustin Avenue and Fourth Street when they were struck by a drunk driver in a Jeep. The impaired driver was the only person in his vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

A fire erupted as both vehicles rolled over. Even though the blaze was able to be put out thanks to the efforts of a witness who happened to be a firefighter that was not on duty at the time, all four of the people who were in the pickup truck died. The firefighter's wife is a nurse and was unable to save them but did provide some aid to the drunk driver who was later taken to the hospital.

The drunk driver now faces four charges of murder and a criminal offense for drunk driving that caused death. It is not known if any civil charges have or will be filed in the case.



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