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RIVERSIDE: Michael Manuel, 43, Killed in Pedestrian Accident with DUI Driver on Crest Avenue

Monday, July 15th, 2013

RIVERSIDE, California (July 15, 2013) – Michael Manuel, 43, of Riverside was killed early Saturday morning after being struck by an suspected teenage drunken driver while he was walking on a sidewalk in front of 5894 Crest Avenue, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 2:30 a.m., police told the coroner that Joel Guzman-Mena, 18, was driving a 1995 Mitsubishi pickup truck on this small, two-lane residential street when he reportedly veered off the roadway onto the sidewalk and struck Manuel who died at the scene.

Guzman-Mena was subsequently arrested on DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter charges and booked into jail, but was later released on $75,000 bail, according to an article in the Press Enterprise.

“Underage drinking is a huge problem in our society,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Sadly this young man’s actions have had fatal consequences.”

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) there were an estimated 10,839 people killed in the United States due to DUI crashes in 2009. That’s roughly a third of all traffic accidents in the country and it’s a statistic that the non-profit organization is working hard to bring down.

Riverside Drunk Driving Statistics

There were seven people killed in crashes involving a drunk driver in the city of Riverside in 2010, according to statistics compiled by the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. Additionally, five people were killed in the city that year in pedestrian accidents, the report said. Overall, 69 or roughly a third of the 190 deaths in Riverside County were attributed to DUI crashes

The attorneys at The Seegmiller Law Firm are staunch advocates of MADD.  We have represented victims of drunk drivers and the families of those who were killed in DUI crashes over the past 30 years. Our expert lawyers will make sure that you obtain justice for your injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one.

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Sources:       http://cad.chp.ca.gov/Traffic.aspx

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Suspected Repeat Drunk Driver Sherri Wilkins Held in Fatal Crash is Drug and Alcohol Counselor

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

TORRANCE, California – A suspected drunk driver who struck and killed a man Saturday night, and continued to drive with his body dangling from her windshield, was identified Monday as a drug and alcohol counselor, according to news reports.

Sherri Wilkins, 51, of Torrance works as a counselor at the Twin Town Treatment Center in Torrance, KABC News reports. She reportedly worked the day of the crash. Additionally, Wilkins is said to be a counselor to one of the victim’s own family members.

The victim, Phillip Moreno, 31, of Torrance died at a hospital late Saturday night shortly after he was struck by Wilkins Torrance Boulevard near Madrid Avenue about 11:25 p.m. She drove for 2.3 miles with his body wedged in her windshield before passersby surrounded her Mitsubishi Eclipse to make her stop, according to Mercury News.

Wilkins had previously been charged with drunk driving and hit-and-run in 2010,  reports said. She is being held on $100,000 bail at the Torrance Jail. Wilkins faces manslaughter, hit-and-run and DUI charges.

Witnesses are asked to call police at 310-618-5557.

“The families of victims of drunk drivers want nothing more than justice for their loved one, but sometimes criminal charges are not enough,” said Attorney West Seegmiller. “Filling a wrongful death claim against a negligent driver can help provide compensation to a victim’s family and further punish a drunk driver for their crime.”

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Drunk Driver Crashes into Dollar Tree Store in Sacramento

Monday, October 29th, 2012

FAIR OAKS, California — The California Highway Patrol say a suspected drunk driver crashed through the front window of a Dollar Tree retail, backed up his vehicle and fled the scene before he was caught and arrested on DUI charges by police, a CBS Sacramento report said.

After fleeing the scene of the single-vehicle crash into the retail store the driver crashed into a tree just a short distance from the first collision, the report said. The hit-and-run drunk driver was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, but fortunately no one else was injured in either crash. A video camera caught the incident and will likely be used as evidence against the driver.

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JUSTICE SYSTEM: Drunk Driver Gets Prison, No Criminal Charges in Hemet Crosswalk Crash

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, California – Three years ago, UC Riverside student Bailey Sloan, 20, lost her life when a drunk driver swerved across the Interstate 215 freeway and crashed into her Mercedes Benz as she was getting into her car.

Prior to the crash, Sloan had run out of gas and pulled over onto the right shoulder of the freeway north of Washington Avenue.

Sloan’s passenger Natasha Williams, 22, suffered minor injuries in the Oct. 24, 2009 crash. The drunk driver responsible for her death, Cynthia Ashley Redmond, 25, of Redlands was arrested following the fatal crash. Now this week she was sentenced to a six-year state prison term after being convicted for drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated resulting in injuries.

At the time she was arrested, Redmond had a blood-alcohol content of .13, exceeding the limit of .08 or the alcohol level under California law that a person is considered to be legally impaired.

Indeed, most people expect reckless drivers such as Redmond to go to prison and pay for their actions if they were deemed at fault for a crash where someone is injured or killed. In this case, a six-year prison term appears light in comparison with the loss of a young woman’s life.

What’s even more difficult for most people to comprehend is when a driver responsible for a crash goes unpunished.

Many people believe that was the case this week when the District Attorney announced this week that they would not criminally charge the teenage driver who struck and injured eight students in a crosswalk outside Hemet High School.

On May 30, 2012, eight high school students were injured including Helen Richardson, who suffered permanent brain damage in the crash. Richardson spent about a week in a coma and her life has been forever changed due to the crash.

Just 15 days before the crash, teenage driver Daniel Carrillo had received his driver’s license and he was on his way to school that day. However, there were conflicting reports about his conduct prior to the crash. Some witnesses told police they saw him speeding. In fact, initial reports indicated Carrillo was driving twice the speed limit in a 25 mph school zone. Additionally, there were witnesses who told police the teenager was weaving in and out of traffic and he ran a red light prior to the crash.

Carrillo denied he was speeding and told police his brakes failed. Now new evidence suggests that the 1994 Ford Ranger’s brakes did in fact malfunction, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. Also, police now believe that the Carrillo attempted to stop the truck in an effort to avoid hitting the pedestrians.

The police investigation of the truck’s braking system has determined there was evidence that the system was faulty.

“Police would have to find evidence that proved that Carrillo knew he was driving a vehicle with faulty brakes or other mechanical problems in order to criminally charge him,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “This is difficult to prove unless there is specific evidence such as a fix-it citation or an invoice from a repair shop showing the need to fix the brakes.”

Those who were injured in the crosswalk crash will not find justice in criminal court, but sometimes the only option is to hold a negligent driver civilly responsible for damages they cause. While there is no jail time involved in a civil lawsuit, the at-fault driver is held responsible financially for his or her actions and victims have the opportunity to be made financially whole again.

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

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Driver Arrested on DUI Charges After Crash that Killed ‘Bad News Bears’ actress Sammi Kane Kraft

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

LOS ANGELES – Sammi Kane Kraft, 20, died early Tuesday morning after the car she was riding in rear-ended a big rig truck and was also struck by another car on the Interstate 10 freeway, according to the Associated Press.

Kraft was a passenger in an Audi driven by her friend and suspected drunk driver, Molly Kate Adams, 21, who  was treated after the 1:30 a.m. crash for non-life threatening injuries and subsequently arrested by police. Kraft sustained fatal injuries and died a short time after at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Known for her portrayal of Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of “The Bad News Bears,” Kraft had been attending Santa Monica College and was an aspiring singer and guitar player, according to news reports.

Growing up she was a star baseball player whose skills included throwing a 75-mph softball pitch that helped her at 13 years-old land the coveted role in the baseball flick starring Billy Bob Thornton.

Drunk driving accounts for roughly one third of all fatal crashes in the United States killing 10,228 people and injuring 345,000 in 2010, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a non-profit advocacy group.

 

“Designating a driver, taking a taxi or calling a friend are always alternatives to getting in a car with a drunk driver and considering the risks it’s worth the inconvenience,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “My condolences to the family of this young woman who must now cope with such tremendous loss and her wrongful death.”

This article was sponsored by the Seegmiller Law Firm. Our attorneys offer a free consultation for prospective clients who have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash. Call 1-855-ASK–WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with an attorney.

For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought to win justice for clients involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including premises liability, product liability, auto accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, at-work injuries and more.  The firm has offices in Irvine, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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