ENCINO, CALIFORNIA (July 28, 2013) – Alfredo Alvara, a 24 year old man, was struck and killed on the 101 Freeway in Encino today. He died at the scene.
The collision occurred on the 101 Freeway westbound, near the off ramp of Balboa Boulevard, at about 4:00 a.m. Alfredo Alvara was driving a Toyota Scion when it lost power and stalled in the slow lane of the freeway after a rear-end accident. Alvara exited his car and was killed by an oncoming Toyota 4Runner.
Alfredo Alvara had two passengers in the car, Erica Monge and Teresa Oporto. Bother Monge and Oporto were hospitalized after the collision and are expected to recover.
The driver of the 4Runner, Robert Graves, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing an accident while under the influence. Robert Graves, 30, is from Reseda. His passenger, not yet identified, suffered minor injuries.
The family of Alfredo Alvara now have a wrongful death claims against Robert Graves and his insurance company for their loss. The claim will include the loss of love, comfort, society and companionship.
Drivers should be reminded that getting out of a stalled car on the highway is fraught with risk, even though it is legal. If stalled on a highway, always try to wait until it is safe before exiting. Always try to pull to the shoulder or exit the freeway. Early in the morning, there are many drunk drivers on the road and their
reactions times are slower. Alfredo Alvara would probably still be alive if Robert Graves was not drinking or was driving slower.