Heath McCormick Killed, Eric Lopez Arrested in DUI Crash on Olive Road
Orange, CA (September 22, 2021) On Monday, September 20, 45-year-old Heath McCormick died in a DUI crash in the area of North Orange Olive Road.
McCormick, an Orange resident, was riding a motorcycle when a vehicle turning in an intersection struck him.
Orange Fire Department says the incident happened at around 5:27 p.m. on the North Orange Olive Road.
Moreover, police said that a Nissan, driven by 24-year-old Eric Lopez from Anaheim, struck the man on the motorcycle.
Furthermore, Lopez stayed on the scene during the investigation.
According to the Orange Police Department, they arrested Lopez after an interview when due to suspicion of intoxication causing vehicular manslaughter.
Police say that marijuana might have been a factor in the crash.
Authorities closed the North Orange Olive Road until 9 p.m. during the investigation.
Sweet Lawyers would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family of Heath Christian McCormick. Our hearts are with you through these trying times.
What is Next for Heath Christian McCormick’s Family
It is clear now more than ever that one person’s negligence can have devastating effects on other individuals. This is quite common in accidents that result in death. Therefore, it is crucial that the family of the victim becomes aware that they have the authority to file a wrongful death suit.
A wrongful death lawsuit gives the loved ones of a departed family member some semblance of justice.
“The aftermath of tragic accidents can make everything difficult for a family. The last thing most families want to deal with is piles of paperwork, questions from insurance companies or defense attorneys, and attempting to obtain police reports” says Mark Sweet, an award-winning attorney at Sweet Lawyers.
Mark adds, “Grieving and handling legal claims don’t exactly go hand in hand, and this is why hiring an experienced attorney can not only provide you with peace of mind that you have a fighter in your corner but also having someone to make sure that your rights are respected and that justice will be served.”
He explains, “Having legal representation after such a traumatic event will provide your family the space to heal while ensuring that justice is brought to your loved one.”