A driver for Lyft was killed in an alleged drunk driving crash during the early morning hours on New Year's Day in Los Angeles County, California. Twenty-one-year-old Thor Anderson's vehicle was broadsided by another 21-year-old man, Arturo Martinez Conchas, just prior to 3 a.m. in the town of Hawthorne.
Authorities did not say whether a passenger was riding with Anderson, who was found dead at the crash site.
Conchas Arrested for Suspected Vehicular Manslaughter
Police arrived on scene shortly after the crash and arrested Conchas on DUI charges after subjecting him to an intoxicated driving exam. The arrest was for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, DUI alcohol, and possession of drugs. Conchas was first taken to the hospital for a checkup, and then he was booked at the jailhouse in Hawthorne with his bail set at $100,000.
Driving Services Helping to Keep DUI Drivers Off the Road
Lyft is a service that offers point-to-point rides around town to its customers, whom it interacts with via a mobile application. Lyft recently started offering rides from the Los Angeles International Airport.
During the holiday party season, a lot of anti-drunk driving advocates -- including Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement throughout the country -- recommended that party-goers use driver services like Lyft, Uber and local taxi companies rather than drunk-driving home. Considering the great service that this Los Angeles County Lyft driver was performing for his community, by offering sober rides to non-sober people, it is particularly unfortunate that Anderson would suffer such a tragic end to his life in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
Anderson Will Be Missed by Family and Friends
According to his Facebook profile, Anderson comes from Fayetteville, North Carolina. He lived in Torrance, California, and was a student at Los Angeles Harbor College, Wilmington. In addition to driving for Lyft, he also drove for a company called Postmates. Earlier in the evening before he died, he posted a Happy New Year's greeting to his girlfriend on Facebook. Following his death, she posted a symbol that she was broken-hearted and wrote that she will miss him.
The tragedy of this young man's death cannot be reversed. However, the family members he leaves behind may wish to investigate the pursuit of wrongful death claims against Conchas, for the alleged drunk driving that led to their loved one's death.
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