Man, 71, Killed in DUI Accident in Tehachapi; Diana Cruz-Perez Arrested


Diana Cruz-Perez Arrested After Fatal Tehachapi Crash on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road

Tehachapi, California – A 71-year-old man was killed in a suspected DUI head-on collision Friday morning in Tehachapi, according to California Highway Patrol report.

The deadly accident took place near the intersection of Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and Highline Road at about 5:15 a.m. July 24.

30-year-old Diana Cruz-Perez was driving a Nissan Sentra southbound on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and collided head-on with another Sentra south of Highline Road.

The 71-year-old Tehachapi man operating the other Sentra died in the crash.

Cruz-Perez was determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and will be charged for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

Police are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to contact the CHP Mojave area office at 661-823-5500.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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