Giselle Madrid, 17, and Marilupe Madrigal, 18, and Esmeralda Soriano, 20, were killed in a Bakersfield car accident, which officials say was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Bakersfield Californian, the fatal crash occurred the evening of April 17, 2010 when Soriano was driving a 1997 Plymouth Breeze with Madrid and Madrigal in the car.
California Highway Patrol officials say Soriano was turning left from Reynolds Avenue to Weedpatch Highway when a 2000 Pontiac Trans Am driven by 19-year-old Leonel Nunez Jr. collided with the Plymouth. Nunez, who was driving southbound apparently crossed over into the northbound lanes and struck the teens’ car. Officers say Nunez was drinking and arrested him on suspicion of felony DUI with injury, gross vehicular manslaughter and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent.
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I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of Madrid, Madrigal and Soriano for their sudden, tragic and heartbreaking loss. These grieving families will be in my thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 14 deaths and 140 injuries involving DUI collisions in Bakersfield. In Kern County as a whole, alcohol-related crashed claimed 35 lives and injured 476 people in 2008.
California DUI Laws
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious crime under California Vehicle Code 23152 (a). When a driver causes fatal injuries to another person or persons by the act of driving under the influence, he or she could also face gross vehicular manslaughter charges.
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.”
In such cases, it would be in the best interests of victims’ families to retain the services of a reputed Bakersfield personal injury lawyer, who has the experience and successful track record of holding drunk drivers accountable. In accidents where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims could file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
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