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San Luis Obispo DUI Car Accident Kills One


Ashleigh Vermillion, 21, of Visalia was killed in a San Luis Obispo County DUI car accident the evening of April 26, 2009 after a suspected drunk driver struck her vehicle on the Highway 41, the Visalia Times-Delta reports. Vermillion was driving a Honda Civic north when a Volkswagen Passat traveling in the opposite direction crossed into the northbound lane and hit the Civic, California Highway Patrol officials said. Masson Blow, 19, of Lompoc lost control of his speeding Passat and crashed into the Civic causing both vehicles to veer off the roadway.

Vermillion suffered fatal personal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passengers — 1-month-old Jenna Vermillion and 30-year-old David Treen Jr. — suffered major personal injuries in the car crash. Blow suffered minor injuries. Criminal charges against Blow are pending an investigation.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Ashleigh Vermillion. I offer my deepest sympathies to everyone who knew and loved Vermillion. Please keep them in your prayers.

According to the California Highway Patrol’s 2007 traffic accident statistics, there were 45 traffic fatalities in San Luis Obispo County, out of which 15 deaths were alcohol-related traffic accidents. There were also 208 injuries reported as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in San Luis Obispo County in 2007.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (recreational or prescription) is a violation of California law. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

I sincerely hope the driver who caused this tragic car collision is held both criminally and civilly responsible for his actions. The family of Ashleigh Vermillion would be well-advised to seek the counsel of experienced San Luis Obispo car accident attorneys, who will help protect their rights. A skilled personal injury attorney will be able to examine all aspects of this case, including how the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage of a car insurance policy may be applied to secure compensation for the injured victims in this tragic car accident.

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