Robert Alverson, 49, was killed in a Sacramento car accident after he was struck by a suspected drunk driver, while trying to help at the scene of a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 99. According to a news report in The Sacramento Bee, the fatal pedestrian collision occurred on the highway near Mack Road, the morning of May 14, 2010, when Alverson attempted to cross the northbound lanes on foot.
The impact from the crash threw Alverson into the southbound lanes where he was also hit by a second vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver who initially hit Alverson was believed to have been under the influence at the time. However California Highway Patrol officials are investigating the incident to determine who was at fault.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Alverson. He was reportedly returning home from his job as a FedEx truck driver. I offer my deepest sympathies to every one who knew and loved this man. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 12 deaths and 358 injuries in Sacramento involving DUI collisions. In Sacramento County as a whole, 39 fatalities and 856 injuries were reported as a result of alcohol-related crashes during the same year.
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the vehicle that initially hit Alverson was under the influence. It is not clear whether he will be criminally charged in connection with Alverson’s death because Alverson was going across traffic lanes to help the stranded couple.
Laws and Liability Issues
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, under California Penal Code section 191.5 (a). Then again, it is not clear to what extent the driver who hit Alverson will be held criminally accountable in this case.
Families of deceased victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the investigation and make sure that their legal rights are protected. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims will be able to file wrongful death claims seeking damages to cover funeral expenses, lost future earnings, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
What are some of your thoughts about how bystanders or Good Samaritans can be safe while attempting to help stranded motorists?
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