We Don't Win, You Don't Pay

Pedestrian Critically Injured by a DUI Driver in Sacramento

Pedestrian Accident, Sacramento, CA

Suspected DUI Driver Arrested after Severely Injuring a Pedestrian at the Intersection of Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue

Sacramento, CA –In the quiet hours of Thursday morning, a Sacramento community witnessed a distressing incident at Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue. A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a driver allegedly under the influence.

The Incident

Early Thursday morning, July 4, 2024, at approximately 3:35 a.m., a serious accident occurred at the intersection of Auburn Boulevard and Watt Avenue in the Del Paso Park neighborhood of Sacramento.

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle whose driver was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The victim was immediately rushed to a local hospital and remains in critical condition. Law enforcement quickly arrived on the scene, apprehending the driver on charges related to felony driving under the influence.

Auburn Boulevard remained closed between Watt Avenue and the Business 80 off-ramp for several hours but was reopened by 8:52 a.m. This tragic incident brings to light the persistent dangers posed by impaired driving.

Listen to the article's summary

Watch the video

Legal Implications 

In California, driving under the influence is a serious offense with severe legal repercussions. DUI charges can lead to hefty fines, license suspension, and potential jail time. When an accident involves a pedestrian, the legal consequences can escalate to felony charges, as seen in this incident.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, DUI-related crashes in the state resulted in over 1,100 deaths and nearly 24,000 injuries in 2020 alone. Sacramento has also witnessed a worrying rise in pedestrian-involved accidents, with a 33% increase in fatalities reported in 2021. These figures show the critical need for stringent DUI laws and enforcement to enhance public safety.

A Law Firm You Can Trust

In the aftermath of such an alarming incident, the importance of legal representation is paramount. Victims and their families deserve justice and compensation, and navigating through the complex legal landscape can be overwhelming. The Scranton Law Firm, with over five decades of experience in handling DUI and pedestrian accident cases, and over $1 billion recovered for injured clients, offers the necessary expertise and support.

If you or a loved one have been affected by such an incident, reaching out to a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer can make all the difference. Contact the Scranton Law Firm for a free consultation and let our compassionate and proficient attorneys guide you through this challenging time. You don’t have to face this alone; we’re here to help you every step of the way.


  1. What should I do if I witness a DUI incident? Immediately call emergency services to report the incident. Provide them with detailed information about the location and the involved parties. Ensure your own safety and, if possible, assist those injured until help arrives.


  1. How is a DUI charge elevated to a felony? In California, a DUI charge can become a felony if it involves serious injury or death, or if the driver has multiple prior DUI convictions. This incident involved significant injury to a pedestrian, warranting felony charges.


  1. What legal rights does a pedestrian have after being hit by a DUI driver?  The pedestrian has the right to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering through both the criminal justice system and civil lawsuits. An experienced personal injury attorney can help navigate these processes.


  1. How common are pedestrian accidents in Sacramento? Pedestrian accidents are alarmingly common in Sacramento, with a marked 33% increase in fatalities reported in 2021 compared to the previous year. This highlights the critical need for enhanced safety measures.


  1. What penalties can a DUI driver face in California?  Penalties for DUI in California can include fines, license suspension, DUI education programs, and jail time. If the DUI results in injury or death, the driver faces more severe consequences, including felony charges and longer prison sentences.

Free Case Review

Visit Our Main Office

Don’t navigate the aftermath of a pedestrian accident alone. Let the Scranton Law Firm stand by your side. With over 50 years of experience as personal injury lawyers, we’ve helped thousands recover from their losses. If you or a loved one are affected by a Sacramento pedestrian accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Secure your rights and seek the justice you deserve. Call us now for a free consultation – The Scranton Law Firm, your trusted ally in these challenging times. Call 800-707-0707 now.