Wayne Francis, 42, was killed in a San Diego car accident after a suspected drunk driver rear-ended his motorcycle at a Carlsbad intersection, 10news reports. Carlsbad police say Francis was stopped at a red light at Island Way when 41-year-old Keith Roles crashed his car into Francis’ motorcycle. Roles suffered minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. Francis died shortly after the accident early morning October 10, 2009, of multiple blunt force injuries.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Wayne Francis for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Apparently, Francis, a resident of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and his friend had just completed a cross country road trip. Tragic! I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved Francis. Please keep them in your prayers.
San Diego Motorcycle Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 50 deaths and 985 injuries involving California motorcycle accidents in San Diego County. Also, during the same period, 116 fatalities and 2,068 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in San Diego County.
I sincerely hope the drunk driver in this case is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious crime. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “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.” The same code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
Issues of Negligence or Wrongdoing
A driver, whose driving under the influence, results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges, as Roles does in this case. California Penal Code section 191.5 (a) states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, 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.”
Francis’ family would be well-advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who will ensure that they receive fair compensation and that the negligent parties here are held accountable. In this case, in addition to wrongful death, Francis’ family can also seek compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship and other related damages. The best California personal injury law firms will always offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.
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