Five teenagers from out of state are recovering from a serious accident in Anaheim, according to local sources. California authorities responded to the two-vehicle accident that took place just before midnight on July 26, and have placed a 24-year-old man under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. Two of the injured teenagers suffered a brain injury that could have long-term consequences for their health.
According to the police report, the five Utah teens were all riding in the same vehicle when it was struck by the 24-year-old's vehicle in an intersection. It appears the older driver ran a red light, forcing both vehicles into a utility pole and causing extensive damage. An 18-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital with brain injuries and multiple fractures, while another male passenger also suffered brain bleeding. A third male passenger was placed in a medically-induced coma after serious internal bleeding and fractures. The other two teens are listed as being in stable condition, as is the driver believed responsible.
Police have charged the other driver with felony suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He was seriously hurt in the crash, but will be remanded to police custody when he is well enough to leave the hospital. If he is convicted, he could face years in prison.
Of the injuries that can be suffered in a car accident, a brain injury has one of the highest chances of having catastrophic effects on the injured party. The long-lasting effects of brain damage have not been fully measured by the medical community, but it can drastically alter the quality of life for the injured party. This is why, regardless whether the man is found guilty of the criminal charges filed against him, California law will allow the families of the injured parties to sue for personal injury in civil court. Damages awarded in such a case can go a long way to support the injured and their families on the long road to recovery.