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22-Year-Old Man Dies in Santa Cruz DUI Pedestrian Collision

Pedestrian Accident, Santa Cruz, CA

Fatal DUI Collision Claims Life of 22-Year-Old Pedestrian at the Intersection of Mission Street and Laurel Street

Santa Cruz, CA -A tragic collision on Mission Street in Santa Cruz claimed the life of a 22-year-old pedestrian, involving a driver suspected of driving under the influence.

The Incident

Early morning on July 3, 2024, a tragic accident unfolded in Santa Cruz at the intersection of Mission Street and Laurel Street. A 22-year-old man was struck by an unspecified vehicle while crossing the road. The Santa Cruz Police Department received the call at approximately 3:30 a.m. Emergency responders transported the severely injured young man to a trauma center in San Jose, but he sadly succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 

The driver involved in the collision remained on the scene and was later apprehended after authorities suspected alcohol impairment. The identities of both the victim and the driver have not been publicly disclosed. The next of kin for the deceased is yet to be notified, and the cause of the accident is undergoing a thorough investigation. The incident has notably disrupted the area, leading motorists to take alternative routes to avoid traffic slowdowns.

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Legal Implications 

The legal implications of this tragic DUI collision in Santa Cruz are substantial. In California, DUI offenses can lead to severe penalties, including substantial fines, imprisonment, and suspension of driving privileges. The driver, if convicted, could face significant legal challenges, including a potential wrongful death lawsuit from the victim’s family. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there has been a troubling 14% rise in drunk driving fatalities, totaling 11,654 deaths in 2020 alone. California reports indicate a slight decrease in DUI-related fatalities, but such incidents still account for 26.5% of all traffic deaths in the state. Local records from the Transportation Injury Mapping System (TIMS) note that Santa Cruz recorded eight alcohol-related deaths and injuries in 2023. These sobering statistics underscore the widespread and devastating impact of drunk driving.

A Law Firm You Can Trust

Experiencing the loss of a loved one in a DUI accident is an unimaginable hardship. In such situations, seeking the expertise of a seasoned legal professional becomes critical. Legal representation can make a substantial difference in securing justice and adequate compensation.

The Scranton Law Firm, with over 50 years of experience helping accident victims and over $1 billion recovered for injured clients, offers compassionate and effective legal aid for victims and their families. Our dedicated pedestrian accident lawyers are adept at navigating the complexities of DUI cases, ensuring that every detail is thoroughly investigated and that your rights are staunchly protected.

If you or a loved one has been affected by this incident or a similar one, contact the Scranton Law Firm for a free consultation. Let us help you through this challenging time with our commitment to achieving the justice you deserve.


  1. What should I do if I witness a DUI accident? Contact emergency services immediately, provide as much information as possible, and avoid confronting the driver.
  1. How can the family of a DUI accident victim seek justice? Families can file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek damages with the help of an experienced attorney.
  1. What are the penalties for DUI in California? Penalties include fines, imprisonment, license suspension, mandatory DUI education programs, and potential civil lawsuits.
  1. What evidence is crucial in a DUI-related wrongful death lawsuit? Important evidence includes police reports, eyewitness testimonies, medical records, and any available surveillance footage.
  1. Why is it important to consult a DUI accident attorney immediately? Prompt consultation ensures evidence preservation, timely legal action, and effective advocacy during negotiations and court proceedings.

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