Two teenagers were injured, one of them seriously, in a San Bernardino car accident after they were struck by a suspected drunk driver. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the injury collision occurred the night of October 15, 2011 on Lake Gregory Drive in Crestline. Officials say 68-year-old Raye G. Bayorgeon was southbound on Lake Gregory Drive in a Chrysler PT Cruiser, when she allowed the car to drift onto the asphalt shoulder. She then hit a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl who were walking on the shoulder. The girl sustained major injuries while the boy suffered relatively minor injuries. Bayorgeon was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injury. An investigation is ongoing.
My heart goes out to both the young victims who were injured in this pedestrian accident, especially the girl who has been hospitalized with severe injuries. I wish her the very best for a quick and complete recovery. Please keep these teenagers and their families in your thoughts and prayers.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were eight fatalities and 48 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Also, countywide, pedestrian accidents claimed 39 lives and injured 440 people, during the same year.
Driving Under the Influence
Based on this news report, the driver of the Chrysler, Bayorgeon, drifted out of her lane of traffic and struck the two teens who were walking on the shoulder of the roadway. Officials say Bayorgeon was under the influence of alcohol at the time. Under California law, it is illegal to operate with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher.
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.”
Holding Drunk Drivers Responsible
In such cases, the at-fault motorist, in addition to facing criminal charges, can be held civilly liable for injuries and damages caused to victims. Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Car accident victims would be well-advised to retain the services of an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who has a successful track record of financially pursuing drunk drivers and holding them accountable. 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.
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