A four-vehicle auto accident on the 22 Freeway in Garden Grove claimed the life of a woman and her 9-year-old daughter on New Year’s Day.
According to reports, the driver of a BMW was traveling at high speed when he rear-ended a Lexus, sending it into a barrier wall along the shoulder. The BMW then slammed into a Ford F-150 pick-up truck, causing it to overturn and skid across the freeway before both vehicles struck a guard rail. The pick-up was then struck by a fourth vehicle.
The driver of the truck succumbed to her injuries at the hospital; her nine-year-old daughter died at the scene. The BMW driver was charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one felony count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, and one felony count of driving with blood alcohol .08 percent or more causing bodily injury. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count each of resisting or obstructing an officer and assault on a peace officer, with sentencing enhancement allegations for causing bodily injury and death to multiple victims and fleeing the scene of a crime.