The family of 23-year-old Ashley Wells painfully awaits justice as they mourn the loss of their daughter from a DUI accident. The tragic accident occurred in Torrance, CA, and was caused by an allegedly drunk off-duty Los Angeles sheriff deputy. And although it occurred months ago on July 8th, the family has yet to receive proper consolation.
According to investigative reports, Ashley was a passenger in a Dodge Charger when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car went over a median and collided head-on with a light pole at the intersection of 190th Street and Crenshaw Boulevard in Torrance, CA. The crash destroyed the Charger, causing damage to all five occupants inside. Sadly, Ashley sustained life-threatening injuries and did not survive the incident. She was pronounced dead once first responders arrived at the scene of the crime. Upon investigation, officers suspected that alcohol was the leading cause of the accident.
Authorities identified the alleged DUI driver as 22-year-old off-duty Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy Daniel Auner. The victim’s parents even had video of the off-duty deputy drinking on the night of the incident. Despite the evidence, the Torrance police investigation has been going on for months.
The young deputy has not been arrested or charged for the offenses. Instead, the department placed him on paid administrative leave while they deliberate on the case. Ashley’s mother Lanora Wells expressed her disappointment in the Los Angeles Sheriff Department’s lack of accountability for their officers’ wrongdoing.
A Wrongful Death Lawsuit is Filed
As a deputy, there is an obligation to uphold and abide by the law. This also means that one must face the consequences when one fails to follow the law. Ashley’s parents believe that the suspect has not been arrested because he is being protected by the Sheriff Department. In pursuit of justice, Ashley’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Daniel Auner. By taking matters into their own hands, they are hoping to get some form of justice for their little girl.