Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Police looking at DUI for critically injured California driver

California drunk driving - DUI may be factor in California crash

A California man critically injured in Sunday’s car crash on Newport Boulevard that sent several people to the hospital may have been drunk driving or California DUI, police suggested Monday.

Joseph Dorando, 43, suffered apparently life-threatening injuries when the hood of his 1997 Jaguar convertible ripped through the front windshield as a result of the crash. Paramedics took him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana California where he remained in critical condition Monday.

“At this point witnesses are pointing toward the Jaguar and DUI appears to be a factor,” Sgt. Tom Fischbacher claims.

The Jaguar crashed into a minivan just before 4 p.m. Sunday in the southbound lanes of Newport Boulevard just before the Hospital Road traffic signal in California.

Three other people, including a 4-year-old, were purportedly hurt when the van rolled. None of the other injuries were apparently life-threatening.