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Elderly Pedestrian Killed in Riverside DUI Collision


Charlotte Boyce, 87, was killed in a Temecula car accident, which police say, involved a repeat DUI offender. According to a news report in The Press Enterprise, the fatal DUI crash occurred on Via Cordoba in Temecula, the morning of July 18, 2011. Boyce was on the sidewalk with her dog when a car driven by Harry Shane Scholes, 55, veered onto the sidewalk and fatally struck them.

Boyce died from her injuries at a hospital in Wildomar shortly after the incident. Scholes was driving on a revoked license because of four previous DUI convictions. His vehicle apparently has an ignition interlock device that detects alcohol but cannot detect prescription drugs. Police arrested Scholes for gross vehicular manslaughter and they have conducted a toxicology test to determine the drugs that were in his system at the time of the crash.

My heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family of Charlotte Boyce following this tragic pedestrian 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), two people were killed and 31 were injured in DUI collisions in Temecula. During the same year, there were 101 fatalities and 1,090 injuries reported involving alcohol-related crashes in Riverside County.

California Drunk Driving Laws

Based on this news report, officials suspect the driver, Scholes, was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time. 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.” In addition, Scholes was not supposed to be driving. He had not one, but four prior drunk driving convictions. He had a license that was revoked for a reason. If the details of this news report are accurate, it appears that this individual made a conscious decision to drive intoxicated, knowing that he could seriously hurt someone.

Liability Issues

In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing is apparent, the family of a deceased victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Families of victims would be well-advised to contact a reputed Riverside personal injury lawyer, who has the experience as well as an excellent track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers. For more information about the dangers of driving under the influence, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at

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