Four people including an infant were seriously injured in a San Francisco car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to an ABC News report, 24-year-old Faustino Vega-Xicohtencatl was traveling west in a 2004 Ford F-150 on Mark West Springs Road near Santa Rosa, when the crash occurred the evening of March 2, 2010. Vega-Xicohtencatl crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer driven by 21-year-old Carron M. Boyd, head-on. The driver of a Chevy Cobalt, Marty Lee Nelson, 52, who was behind Boyd, attempted to avoid the crash, but struck debris on the roadway.
Boyd was transported to a local hospital with major head injuries and is reported to be in critical condition. Randal C. Hinojosa, 22, a passenger in the Mercury suffered minor injuries. His 8-month-old daughter, Allesandrya Hinojosa, sustained severe head injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Nelson was uninjured. Vega-Xicohtencatl was arrested on suspicion of two charges of felony DUI and driving without a license.
My heart goes out to the family of Baby Allesandrya for what they are going through right now. I wish the child and the severely injured Carron Boyd the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep them in your prayers.
Alcohol Related Crashes
There were five fatalities and 98 injuries reported as a result of DUI collisions in Santa Rosa, in 2008, according to CHP’s traffic accident statistics. In Sonoma County as a whole, 17 deaths and 264 injuries occurred due to alcohol-related crashes in 2008.
Laws and Liability Issues
Under California law, driving under the influence is a serious crime. According to 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.”
In such cases, it would be in victims’ best interests to contact a reputedSan Francisco personal injury lawyer who has an excellent track record of holding drunk and negligent drivers accountable. In this case, it has been reported that Vega-Xicohtencatl did not have a license. It would be reasonable to assume that he does not have car insurance either. In such cases, a knowledgeable car accident lawyer will be able to advise victims about how their own car insurance policies apply to accidents involving uninsured or underinsured motorists.
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