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71 Freeway reopens hours after alleged DUI crash leaves 1 dead, others injured

July 3rd, 2023

POMONA, Calif. (KABC) -- The 71 Freeway in Pomona was shut down Monday for hours after a crash involving a suspected drunk driver that left one person dead and several others injured.

The crash happened around 10 p.m. Sunday. According to the Pomona Police Department, a driver was arrested for DUI after crashing into a tow truck in the northbound lanes.

The impact of that collision caused the tow truck to crash into the center divider and end up in oncoming traffic on southbound lanes.

That's when police say a family in a minivan collided head-on with the tow truck, "causing significant injury to several occupants."

At least four people were taken to the hospital in unknown condition. One individual, only identified as an adult man, died.

After the crash, all lanes were closed between Mission Boulevard and Rio Rancho Road.

The Pomona Police Department announced just before 2 p.m. Monday that the freeway had reopened.

The driver of the vehicle that originally struck the tow truck has been identified as Mark Shoemate. The 33-year-old Aliso Viejo resident was booked for vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

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Millions Recovered for Auto Accident Victims

Drake Law Firm is an award-winning law firm that focuses exclusively on personal injury law. 

Backed by a team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff with over 100 years of combined experience, we have excelled in fighting for auto accident victims, and have recovered more than $150 million in compensation for our clients.

Drake Law Firm: Provide Auto Accident Results

Founded by Attorney Benjamin Drake, Drake Law Firm has secured notable verdicts and settlements in motor vehicle accident cases across the state of California. 

Our recent auto accident results:

  • $2.5 million: driver T-boned in an intersection accident
  • $735,000 recovery: motorist side swiped by negligent driver
  • $1 million: victim of rear-end accident
  • $2.65 million: pedestrian hit by vehicle
  • $1.23 million: motorcycle rider struck by vehicle

We fight for the maximum compensation possible. To discuss your potential auto accident lawsuit and how much it may be worth, contact us to speak with a personal injury lawyer.

We Handle All Types of Auto Accidents

Drake Law Firm represents victims who suffer losses in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Whatever your accident may involve, Drake Law Firm has the experience you need. We can help with:

  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Ride-share accidents (Uber / Lyft)
  • Crashes caused by negligent or distracted drivers
  • Multi-vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions, and intersection accidents
  • Pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorcycle wrecks
  • Uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM / UIM) claims
  • Passenger injuries, including public transit and bus accidents
  • Auto defects and product liability claims
  • Construction or worksite auto accidents
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