A judge sentenced a 19-year-old man to one year in jail and six years of probation in connection with a fatal car accident in San Luis Obispo that killed 21-year-old Ashleigh Vermillion, 21, and 30-year-old David Treen, both Visalia residents. According to news reports, Masson Blow was speeding and lost control of his Volkswagen Passat crashing head-on into the vehicle carrying Vermillion, Treen and their 1-month-old daughter Jenna, who survived but sustained permanent injuries in the April 2009 crash. You can read more about the accident from our previous post, “San Luis Obispo DUI Car Accident Kills One“. Initial news reports suggested alcohol may have been involved, but later reports corrected that information. Alcohol was not a factor in this collision, officials determined.
Blow initially pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and one misdemeanor count of reckless driving causing injury, but in November, changed his plea to no contest. Officials had said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but that Blow was traveling at a high rate of speed and had lost control of his vehicle. Blow apparently expressed remorse and was tearful at the recent sentencing hearing.
Tragic Car Crash
My heart goes out to baby Jenna, who has apparently sustained catastrophic injuries in this crash. The nature and extent of her injuries are not clear, but it is clear that they are “permanent injuries.” One can only hope that this child, who lost both her parents in that car accident, is being cared for by loving family members. Jenna will be in my thoughts and prayers.
This tragic car accident is a lesson and a reminder to all of us to drive safely and carefully. A momentary lapse in judgment can turn lives upside down. A young child is now permanently injured and growing up without parents. Blow, a student who was attending California State University in San Luis Obispo at the time, will now have to spend a year in jail and will have a criminal record. This is clearly a no-win situation for everybody involved and a true tragedy.
Getting the Help they Need
Jenna Vermillion’s family members have hopefully contacted an experienced California personal injury lawyer to help secure the young child’s future. As personal injury attorneys who have represented catastrophically injured children, we know and understand the challenges faced by family members who are left responsible for their care. In such cases, families are able to seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, therapy and the cost of long-term care. Some patients require 24/7 care and extended rehabilitation.
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