Jon Boehning, 47, was killed in a Riverside car accident, which officials say, was caused by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the afternoon of August 14, 2011 at the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Palomar Street in Wildomar. Boehning was transported to a local hospital where he died shortly after the crash. The driver of the pickup truck that struck Boehning was identified as 30-year-old Jose Lujan of Vista. Officials say he has been charged with drunk driving and gross vehicular manslaughter.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Jon Boehning for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), one person died and 10 were injured in alcohol-related crashes in Wildomar. In Riverside County as a whole, 87 fatalities and 796 injuries occurred involving DUI collisions, during the same year.
DUI Laws in California
The full circumstances of the crash have not been explained in this report. However, officials say Lujan was driving under the influence at the time of the fatal collision. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal 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 under California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a), as Lujan does in this case.
In this case, if Lujan is determined to have been at fault, in addition to facing criminal charges, he can be held civilly liable for Boehning’s wrongful death. The victim’s family would be well-advised to contact an experienced Riverside personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers on behalf of car accident victims and their families. 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.