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Ontario Car Accident Proves Fatal for Motorcyclist

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Sebastian Bobby Orioli Jr., 38, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident, which officials say, involved a suspected drunk driver who made an unsafe left turn. According to a news report in The San Bernardino County Sun, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the evening of March 25, 2011 at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Holt Boulevard in Ontario.

Officials say Orioli was riding a Harley Davidson north on Euclid, when a Chevy Suburban driven by 32-year-old Chris Wilcox turned left in front of the motorcycle causing a collision. Orioli was transported to a local hospital where he died the following morning. Wilcox was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury. Officials say, based on a preliminary DUI investigation, that Wilcox’s blood alcohol concentration was at least twice the legal limit.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Sebastian Bobby Orioli Jr. following this tragic motorcycle accident. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

DUI Statistics

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), six people were killed and 112 were injured due to DUI collisions in Ontario. In San Bernardino County as a whole, 94 fatalities and 1,052 injuries were reported involving alcohol-related crashes during the same year.

Drunk Driving Laws

Based on this news report, it appears that Wilcox may have been driving with a BAC that was well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. 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 vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a). In addition, officials say Wilcox made an unsafe left turn, failing to yield right-of-way to Orioli’s oncoming motorcycle.

Liability Issues

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Victims’ families would be well-advised to contact a reputed San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.

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