More than three years ago, a man named Irving Abel Aguilar-Calixto caused a multi-vehicle crash in Irvine that involved at least five cars. The driver, a 26-year-old from Las Vegas, was driving a Dodge Challenger at the time of the crash. He ended up killing a 24-year-old woman named Maria Osuna along with five other people. Osuna’s infant child also got injured in the crash.
The victim’s family finally got justice and the proof they’ll need in a wrongful death lawsuit against Aguilar-Calixto. The judge in an Orange County courtroom found the suspect guilty of 2nd-degree murder and DUI with serious bodily injury. After all this time, the defendant didn’t even argue the charges.
The multi-vehicle crash in Irvine took place in 2018. The driver had been drinking at an Airbnb with friends and then decided to get behind the wheel of his Dodge Challenger. His friends testified that they told him he was too drunk to drive but he insisted and took off. At the time of the accident, he was driving in excess of 108 mph. He mistakenly got in the Southbound lanes of Highway 5 thinking he was on the freeway.
The first car he hit was a Prius. After hitting the smaller vehicle, a tow-truck driver saw what happened and called 911. While the Challenger was disabled in the middle of the lanes, at least other cars hit his vehicle. One car ended up flipping and finally rested upside down on the other side of the highway.
In cases like this, the family members may have to wait until the criminal case is over in order to file suit for wrongful death. The opportunity should be there for Ms. Osuna’s family and several others.
If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident, call an Orange County car accident attorney as soon as possible.