A 48-year-old woman sustained fatal injuries in a car accident after her vehicle was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver on February 11, 2010. According to a CBS News report, the fatal car accident occurred on Highway 99 when 19-year-old Gill Kushdeep was driving the wrong way on the highway near Bradbury Road, in Atwater. Both Kushdeep and the woman were transported to the hospital, but the female victim died shortly afterward. Kushdeep sustained minor injuries and has been charged with driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of this DUI accident victim. I offer them my deepest sympathies for their devastating loss. Please keep them in your prayers.
DUI Car Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were no fatalities, but eight injuries caused by DUI car accidents in Atwater. In Merced County as a whole, alcohol-related car crashes claimed 12 lives and injured 178 people during the same year.
California DUI Laws
If Kushdeep is found guilty of driving under the influence, I hope he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and gets what he deserves. Driving under the influence 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 vehicular manslaughter charges, as Kushdeep 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 deceased victim’s family in this case, would be well-advised to retain the services of a reputed Sacramento personal injury lawyer, who is experienced in financially pursuing drunk drivers. A skilled car accident lawyer will make sure the family’s legal rights are protected and that they are justly compensated for their tremendous loss. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will also advise the family about how they may file a claim for compensation through their own car insurance policy in the event the accident involves an uninsured or underinsured driver.
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