Mike Kreza Accident: Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue Capt. Mike Kreza Died In Car Accident With Drunk Driver While
MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA (November 5, 2018) A beloved Costa Mesa Fire and Rescue Capt. identified as Michael (Mike) Kreza has tragically died as he was training for a triathlon.
Mission Viejo police are saying that Mike Kreza was riding his bicycle around 8:00 a.m. by Alicia Parkway near Via Burgos. He was struck by the driver of a van who is suspected to have been driving under the influence.
Police officers said that they found prescription medications in the suspects car. He was taken to jail and his bond was set at $100,000.
Mike Kreza was transported to the hospital with critical injuries. Tragically, he later died due to his injuries. He is survived by his wife and three young daughters. There was an outpouring of grief on social media as friends and family remembered him.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up in order to help his family. As of Monday afternoon $111,321 has been raised. There is an ongoing investigation into the cause of the crash.
Liability In Accidents Involving DUI Drivers
Drivers that cause great bodily injury while under the influence may face felony criminal charges as well as civil claims. According to the California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a), “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”
The state of California does not differentiate between illegal drugs and prescription medications. There are a number of medications that can seriously impact a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. According to David B. Carr, MD, these will include:
Benzodiazepines and Hypnotics
Tramadol and Buprenorphine
It is the responsibility of every driver to check with their doctor to make sure that they can safely take their medications and drive. DUI accidents can cause serious injury and death, especially for pedestrians. Victims of pedestrian accidents – or their family – will typically have the ability to file a claim for damages including lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A pedestrian accident attorney can investigate the specific facts of your claim and let you know what your rights are.
Preserving Your Rights After A Pedestrian Collision
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our condolences to the family of Mike Kreza as they are going through such a hard time. We encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up on behalf of his family. According to his friends and family, he was a loving father and a dedicated public servant. There needs to be steps taken to help prevent accidents like this in the future. It is so crucial that drivers give cyclists adequate room as they go about their tasks.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian collision you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help you in any way that we can. We’ve been fighting on behalf of accident victims and their families for over 40 years. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to get a police report after an accident we are here for you (888) 888-9285.
- CINDY VON QUEDNOW. Costa Mesa Fire Captain Dies After Being Struck by Suspected DUI Driver While Cyclin. November 5, 2018.
- Science Daily. Many prescription drug users not aware of driving-related risks. November 1, 2017.
- Go Fund Me. The Kreza Family Fund. 2018