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Father and Unborn Baby Girl Killed in Two-Car Crash in Los Angeles


glass of liquor sitting next to car key

According to KTLA, a father and his unborn baby were killed in a crash involving a drunk driver in Victorville, California, early Saturday morning.

About the Fatal Drunk Driving Crash

The fatal accident occurred at the intersection of Mojave Drive and Amethyst Road at around 1:45 a.m. local time. Angel Barranco, 35, his wife, Barbara Velasco, 23, and Velasco’s mother, Monica Alarcon, 42, were driving west on Mojave Drive when a car crashed into the driver’s side of their car.

The driver failed to stop at a stop sign northbound on Amethyst Road, reports KTLA. Barranco was taken to the hospital where he would later die from injuries. Velasco suffered major injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital. Velasco’s unborn baby girl, who was due in two months, did not survive the crash.

Velasco’s mother was also hospitalized with major injuries from the crash. The driver of the car that struck them, 56-year-old Alexander Delapaz-Perez, was treated for minor injuries at a hospital before being arrested by police. According to KTLA, Delapaz-Perez was driving drunk at the time of the crash. He has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.

KTLA reports that Delapaz-Perez has two prior DUI convictions on his record. The fatal accident remains under investigation.

Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28 people die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver every day. In addition,

  • The cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $44 billion each year.
  • In 2014, 9,967 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes.
    • This accounts for 31 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Sixteen percent of motor vehicle crashes involve drugs (legal or illegal) other than alcohol.

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