The Memorial Day holiday ended with a fiery accident on the Harbor Freeway which took the life of a 19-year-old male. Various media, including the Los Angeles Times, report that the accident was thought to be the result of driving under the influence.

Early Tuesday morning Christopher Rivera was driving eastbound on the 110 Freeway when his Honda became disabled. He pulled to a stop in the gore zone where a lane of the 110 veers off into the Glenn Anderson 105 Freeway. Another driver, Mark A. Urbina, age 22, approached in his 2007 Nissan Sentra and attempted to switch into the veering lane. He failed to negotiate the lane change properly and smashed into Rivera’s car.

Urbina managed to flee his vehicle just before it burst into flames. Los Angeles County firefighters reported to the scene doused the fire and extricated Rivera from his wrecked Honda. They transported him to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, but doctors were unable to save him.

Urbina was also injured slightly. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. He may also be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

If you are charged with DUI causing injury it is imperative that you hire a strong Los Angeles DUI attorney. A conviction can lead to loss of your license and more. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have more than 30 years of experience in DUI defense. Call us for a consultation today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245.

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