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Back-to-Back Car Accidents Critically Injure San Francisco DUI Women

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Two California auto accidents, including one rear-end crash happened in San Francisco within a span of seven minutes and were caused by two women driving drunk with suspended licenses, according to the San Mateo County Times.

45-year-old Lillian Robinson and 38-year-old Cynthia Dunn, both of San Francisco, suffered internal bleeding and major head injuries when their car crashed into a wooden retaining wall on Orange Avenue close to Almond Avenue. South San Francisco police Sgt. Joni Lee said it was the second accident for the women, both in a 1992 Lexus coupe. Robinson had first rear-ended a truck at a traffic light on West Orange Avenue near El Camino Real. The truck driver called police and reported that the women didn’t stop and left the scene of the accident after being “verbally abusive” to him. Robinson switched places with Dunn who took the wheel before crashing the car into the retaining wall.

Dunn faces one felony count of DUI and charges for driving with a suspended license while Robinson has been charged with one misdemeanor count of DUI, one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run and charges for driving with a suspended license following the drunk driving accident.

This story is another frightening illustration of the dangers of drinking and driving. The two women who chose to drink and drive are now fighting for their lives. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Center for Injury Prevention, alcohol-related motor crashes kill someone every 31 minutes and injure someone every two minutes. In 2005, 16,885 people died in DUI accidents and that represents 39 percent of all auto accident related deaths. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) estimates (http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/States/StatesAlcohol.aspx) that out of 42 accident-deaths in San Francisco in 2006,8 people were killed in alcohol related crashes. The California Highway Patrol reports there were 376 injuries in alcohol involved San Francisco County collisions for the same period.

The truck driver who was rear-ended by the Lexus should have himself checked for internal injuries by a medical expert. Typically rear end collision injuries such as whiplash, nerve damage or disc damage may not surface until a few days after the accident, and in some cases even a few weeks after. However, the effects of these injuries will be long lasting or permanent affecting the ability to work, earn and lead a normal and pain-free life. The truck driver should consult a skilled personal injury attorney and seek just compensation.

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