On Thursday evening, a 28-year-old man, Cameron Garcia, from Sacramento was arrested after a crash that claimed the lives of five people near the community of Freeport. The crash was followed by a carjacking incident in the same area, which resulted in the arrest of the suspect. Neighbors who live near the accident site describe the scene as “horrific and numbing.” Belongings from the vehicle and its occupants were scattered in the nearby ivy, with families and loved ones returning to the area to collect what they could and make sense of their loss.
Details of the Crash and Carjacking Incident
At around 5:30 PM, officers were called to River Road, south of Freeport, after a report of a vehicle going off the road and colliding with a tree. The crash resulted in the death of five adults – three females and two males. According to a witness, Garcia’s Cadillac SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit a tree and was flipped upside down, landing in the ivy. All five occupants of the vehicle were ejected from the vehicle and killed on impact. So far, four of the victims have been identified as 29-year-old Monte Nunn, 19-year-old Izabelle Larae Salaz-Stephens of Sacramento, 18-year-old Faith Nicole Samuel, and 16-year-old Curvontay Swyvert.
In the same area, a carjacking occurred shortly after the crash. The witness to the carjacking called 911 and provided a description of the suspect and the vehicle. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and was able to locate the stolen vehicle and the suspect.
The Suspect and the Aftermath
The suspect, 28-year-old Cameron Garcia from Sacramento, led law enforcement on a chase into Elk Grove, which ended in the area of Elk Grove Boulevard and Fire Poppy Drive. Garcia was taken into custody and sustained moderate injuries. He was taken to the hospital for treatment before being booked into the Sacramento County Jail on multiple charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, carjacking, DUI resulting in injury or death, vehicle theft, and hit-and-run causing injuries or death. Elk Grove police will also be adding additional charges.
Neighbors have opened their doors to the families of the victims, offering comfort and support as they come to terms with their loss. The impact of the accident has left a lasting impression on the community, with belongings of the victims still visible in the greenery alongside the road.
The CHP is expected to return to the scene of the crash to remove the vehicle and clean up the area. The loss of five lives, including young teenagers, has shaken the community and serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers of driving under the influence.
Danger of Driving Under the Influence
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime that endangers the lives of not only the driver but also others on the road. It impairs a person’s ability to make rational decisions, slows reaction time, and increases the risk of accidents. The consequences of a DUI can be severe, including imprisonment, fines, license suspension, and a permanent criminal record. Furthermore, if a person causes a crash while under the influence, they can face charges of vehicular manslaughter, which can result in significant prison time and a lifetime of guilt and remorse. It is important to never drink or use drugs and drive and to always make responsible choices while behind the wheel.
In California, a wrongful death claim is a lawsuit brought by the surviving family members of a person who has died as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongdoing. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to seek compensation for the damages suffered by the deceased’s family, including loss of income, medical expenses, funeral expenses, and emotional distress. In order to bring a successful wrongful death claim in California, the claimant must prove that the defendant was at fault for the death, and that the family members have suffered damages as a result. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in California is two years from the date of death, so it is important to act promptly to protect your rights. An experienced personal injury attorney can help the family navigate the legal process and ensure that their rights are protected.
This tragedy has left five families grieving the loss of their loved ones and has also resulted in the arrest of the suspect. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the families of the victims, and we hope that justice is served in this case.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drunk driver, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights and seek compensation for your losses. The attorneys at Ashley Injury Lawyers have extensive experience handling drunk driving accident cases and understand the complex legal and emotional issues involved. They will work tirelessly to hold the responsible party accountable and help you recover the compensation you deserve, including damages for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. With their knowledge of California law and their commitment to client service, Ashley Injury Lawyers can provide you with the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Don’t hesitate to call Ashley Injury Lawyers at 916.419.1111 if you have been injured by a drunk driver – they will fight to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.