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DUI Collision in Sonoma County Kills Two

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Beverly Jones and Nancy McBride, both 77-year-old Cloverdale residents, were killed in a San Francisco car accident after the vehicle in which they were passengers was struck by a suspected drunk driver. According to a Bay City News report, the fatal collision occurred the evening of July 18, 2010 on Geyserville Avenue just east of Highway 101 in Sonoma County.

Fatal DUI Crash

California Highway Patrol officials say Lyndsay Murray-Mazany, 27, drove straight through a 90-degree turn and struck an eastbound Subraru Forrester driven by 56-year-old Katherine Hinzman. Jones and McBride died at the scene. Hinzman as well as two other passengers, 82-year-old Alice Sheperla and 70-year-old Barbara King, sustained moderate to major injuries and were transported to area hospitals. Murray-Mazany told officials she and three of her passengers were at a wine-tasting event just prior to the accident. Murray-Mazany was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter.

I offer my deepest condolences to everyone who knew and loved Beverly Jones and Nancy McBride. My heart also goes out to the injured victims in this crash. I wish them the very best for a speedy and complete recovery. Please keep these injured victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Traffic Collision Statistics

According to CHP’s 2008 traffic accident statistics, there were 17 fatalities and 264 injuries involving DUI collisions in Sonoma County. Also, countywide, car accidents claimed 36 lives and injured 1,988 people during the same year.

DUI Laws and Compensation Issues

Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime under California law. 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.” A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face gross vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a).

In such cases, families of deceased car accident victims would be well-advised to consult with a reputed San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk and negligent drivers. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship and other related damages. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit MADD’s web site at www.madd.org.

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