Uber Car Hit By Suspected Drunk Driver

Early Tuesday morning 29-year-old Julia Gardner was killed in an accident after a BMW collided with a Uber car that had picked her up from work around 1:30 a.m. According to officials, a 19-year-old was driving a BMW when he struck the passenger side of the Uber car that was carrying Gardner and a 29-year-old male of Huntington Beach accompanying her that morning.  Gardner worked at a the Ecco Pizzeria and Bar.

The driver of the Ford Escape SUI used as a Uber vehicle was identified as 43-year-old Frank Rugnetta of Irvine. The 19-year-old driver of the BMW was identified as Porfirio Sandoval of Costa Mesa and was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, his bail was set at $100,000.  Gardner and the male passenger were both transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana for chest injuries sustained in the accident. Tragically, Julia Gardner was pronounced dead at 3:36 a.m. that morning according to the Orange County coroner’s office.

The Uber driver Rugnetta was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange County for chest injuries. Costa Mesa Police stated that 19-year-old Sandoval also complained of chest pains and was transported to Hoag Hospital.

It is a tragedy that the Julia Gardner was killed that morning, but it also reminds us of how deadly car accidents can be. If you or a loved one have been injured in an Costa Mesa car accident, contact our personal injury attorneys today.  With the assistance of the experienced attorneys at Guldjian Law, you will be assured that your legal matters are in the right hands and can expect a positive outcome from your accident.