A tragic automobile accident in Orange County yesterday afternoon has taken the life of a teenage girl and left two others badly injured. According to police in Westminster where the accident occurred, it appears this horrific crash was the result of street racing. The 18-year-old, female victim, Jessica Dayoan, was a passenger in a red convertible believed to be racing at the time of the collision. The driver of that convertible has been identified as her brother, Jorel Dayoan, 19-years-old. So far as police can say to this point, it appears Jorel Dayoan was racing another vehicle, perhaps a grey Dodge pickup, on Hoover Street when he lost control and crossed into the path of a silver minivan, resulting in a devastating impact. Jessica Dayoan was pronounced dead at the scene, and the innocent driver of the minivan remains hospitalized in serious condition. Jorel Dayoan was reportedly admitted to the hospital overnight and released this morning.
See the KTLA news story, photographs and video HERE.
The tragic loss to the Dayoan family from this accident cannot be measured, and the same is obviously true for the innocent minivan driver and his family. This is one of those accidents that is both a tragedy and an outrage. Street racing at the speeds it would take to cause this horrific collision is just inexcusably careless, and perhaps even criminal. It has been reported that the driver of the other vehicle racing (the grey truck) may face felony hit-and-run, manslaughter or even murder charges if he or she was directly involved in the fatal collision. The fact that the driver fled the scene may be some indication of fault as it shows consciousness of guilt. While it is unlikely any of the victims of this crash or their families will be adequately compensated, the law in California does provide civil remedies for the personal injuries and wrongful death sustained. Aside from the Dayoan family and their insurance, the driver of the other vehicle racing and his insurer may be liable. The issue there will likely be one of causation and whether the other racer's actions were a "substantial factor" in causing the collision.
Compensation for the victims of street racing accidents should be an important concern for all Californians. When a driver races their vehicle in a reckless manner causing a serious or fatal accident and then flees the scene, every effort should be made to identify them and hold them accountable for all of the injuries and damages they cause. An attorney with experience at handling hit-and-run accidents can make a fair assessment of these claims. Mr. Ralph has more than 20 years years of experience handling automobile accident cases. He can be reached at 714-919-4415 for a FREE CONSULTATION.
Have you or a loved one been injured or killed in an accident caused by street racing?
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