Alyssa Hendricks, a 6-year-old girl, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident, after a suspected drunk driver struck the car she was riding in, according to a news report in The Desert Sun. California Highway Patrol officials say on October 16, 2009, 52-year-old Ronald Simon was drifting in and out of the westbound lanes on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley when he veered into oncoming traffic. Simon, who was driving a 1997 Ford Explorer, collided with a 2003 Kia Spectra, which was driven by 26-year-old Cameron Hendricks. Alyssa, who was in the left rear seat of the Kia, was transported to a local hospital following the crash, where she died of her injuries. Cameron Hendricks was also taken to a hospital with major injuries. Simon was not injured and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
My heart goes out to the Hendricks family for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Not only are they dealing with a little girl’s death, but another family member has also suffered significant injury. I wish Cameron Hendricks the very best for a quick and complete recovery. I offer my deepest condolences to this family. They will be in my prayers.
San Bernardino DUI Accidents
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2007 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 308 fatalities and 9,920 injuries involving car accidents in San Bernardino County as a result of car accidents. Also, 105 deaths and 1,774 injuries were reported in 2007 as a result of alcohol-related car accidents in San Bernardino County.
If Simon is determined to have been under the influence and at-fault for this California car accident, he must be held civilly and criminally accountable for this accident and the serious injuries caused. Driving under the influence is a serious crime in California. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “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.” The same code section also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a vehicle.
California Car Accident Laws
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.”
The Hendricks family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced California personal injury lawyer who will make sure their legal rights are protected and that they get fair compensation for their injuries, damages and loss. A knowledgeable car accident attorney should also counsel victims’ families about how their car insurance policy will apply to an uninsured or underinsured driver.
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