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Wrongful Death - Monterey County, CA: DUI Driver Kills Passenger

Posted by Renée Yvonne Gardner | Oct 30, 2020

Wrongful Death DUI, Crime Victim - Monterey County

October 30, 2020

On October 14, 2020, 41-year-old Frank Albino Campos of Los Banos was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs in Spreckels, California, as reported by KSBW. Spreckels is a small town in Monterey County. KION news also reported that Campos was allegedly speeding, swerved, and crashed his Lexus into a parked tractor.

The CHP reported that felon Campos was driving under the influence of drugs, had a sawed-off shotgun, and was extricated from his vehicle. He sustained critical injuries but was in stable condition at Natividad Hospital.

Tragically, Campos' unidentified female passenger died at the scene.

When somebody is killed due to the negligence of another, family members are left to grieve the most painful loss of their loved one. They may also bear unanticipated medical bills, funeral and burial costs, and other costs associated with their loved one's unexpected passing. They may also lose the economic and non-economic support of their loved one.

The surviving family of crime victims killed by drunk or drugged drivers have a right to be compensated. Two actions arise from these death cases: survival and wrongful death. Certain damages are available under a survival action that are unavailable under a wrongful death action, and vice versa. For example, punitive damages are available in survival actions but not in wrongful death actions. If a crime victim survived the crime for even a second prior to passing away, their heirs have the right to both actions: survival and wrongful death. 

An at-fault DUI driver does not need even need to be convicted in criminal court before a civil wrongful death claim can be made. The claimants in the above DUI crash are the heirs of the deceased female passenger, as described in California Civil Code section 377.60.

Gardner Law's Attorney Renee Yvonne Gardner represents the surviving families in of people killed by others who drive DUI. Gardner Law also represents people who have suffered other injuries. If your loved one was killed as a result of a DUI, don't talk to the insurance, and don't handle your case on your own. Instead, contact Gardner Law now by calling (408) 214-5555, or complete the Contact form on this website. Attorney Renee Yvonne Gardner represents wrongful death claimants in the Bay Area and beyond and will work toward seeking justice in your case.

Disclaimer: This post was created solely using secondary sources. Therefore, its information has not been verified. If anything appears to be inaccurate, please contact Gardner Law, Renee Gardner Attorney, immediately by phone, or through our online Contact form. Necessary corrections will be made.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Attorney Renee Gardner provides this post for general purposes, and to try and help the public, should they suddenly find themselves a victim of a wrongful death. Victims whose loved ones have been killed as a result of the negligence of another should act quickly and immediately seek legal assistance to protect their rights.

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