Lisa Rogers, 39, was killed after her car was struck by a suspected drunk driver on a Riverside street on December 23, 2008. According to this report in The Press-Enterprise, Rogers was driving west on Jurupa Road near Camino Real when her 2002 Chevrolet was struck by a Toyota driven by 22-year-old Oman Rodriguez. The Toyota hit the rear of Rogers’ car and both vehicles rolled over. Rogers suffered fatal injuries while Rodriguez was treated for moderate injuries in an area hospital. Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI.
My heart goes out to the family of Lisa Rogers, who died tragically in this accident caused by an irresponsible, negligent drunk driver. I hope Rodriguez is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Please keep Rogers’ family in your prayers.
According to the 2006 California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Reporting System, in Riverside County there were a total of 316 fatal auto accidents of which 136 were alcohol-related. In the state of California, it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. A driver may be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter when a drunk driver causes an accident that seriously injures or kills someone other than the driver.
California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a): “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle…and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”
Lisa Rogers’ family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Riverside auto accident lawyer, who will help them hold the negligent parties responsible and help them secure the compensation they rightfully deserve. A skilled personal injury attorney will also look at other factors such as a dangerous condition on the roadway or a mechanical malfunction or auto product defect that might have contributed to the fatal injuries.