Margaret Qaqish, 17, was killed in a San Francisco area car accident, which police say, involved an underage drunk driver. According to a report in the San Jose Mercury News, the fatal car accident occurred on Highway 101 near Sierra Point Parkway in Brisbane the morning of February 5, 2011. California Highway Patrol officials state 18-year-old Sean Quintero crashed a Toyota into the back of another vehicle on the highway.
Quintero was apparently unable to adjust to the slowing traffic ahead of him and avoid the collision because he was driving distracted. Qaqish, a passenger in the Toyota, was killed in the accident. Three other passengers suffered minor injuries. The occupants of the other car were not injured. Quintero faces multiple charges including vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and gross negligence.
My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Margaret Qaqish following this tragic accident. My thoughts and prayers are also with the other injured victims of this DUI collision. This story is yet another example of the dangers of drinking and driving.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), three people were injured due to DUI collisions in Brisbane. In San Mateo County as a whole, eight deaths and 251 injuries were reported involving alcohol-related car accidents during the same year.
Drunk Driving Laws
In this case, not only is the driver accused of being under the influence, but he was also underage. It is illegal for anyone below the age of 21 in California to consume alcohol under California Vehicle Code Section 23136. Additionally, a driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges as Quintero 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.”
Claim for Compensation
The family of a victim killed by a drunk driver may choose to hold that driver liable for damages by filing a wrongful death claim. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral costs and other related damages. Families of deceased drunk driving victims and injured victims would be well-advised to seek the counsel of a reputed San Francisco personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible. To find out more about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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