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VISTA, California – A repeat drunk driver accused of killing a motorcyclist after he drove against traffic on the Interstate 15 freeway Saturday has been scheduled for arraignment in court on Wednesday, according to a Valley News article.

Brian Joseph Webb, 24, of Murrieta, who is accused of driving with a suspended driver’s license at the time of the crash, was arrested shortly after Saturday’s head-on collision on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, hit and run and drunk driving with a prior conviction.

The crash took place about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Webb was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 truck when he allegedly entered the northbound I-15 freeway’s Del Lago off ramp from the wrong direction. The truck crashed head-on into Robin Vaughn, 60, of Escondido who was riding his 2002 Harley Davidson northbound in the same lane.

The truck killed Vaughn upon impact. The retired neurophysiologist had been married for 40 years to his wife Donetta and had five children and 15 grand children, according to the article. The couple were Mormons and were about to embark on an 18-month service mission with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according U-T San Diego report.

“Families of victims killed in car accidents not only have to cope with the loss of a loved one, but later their lives may be forever changed due to the loss of income and other costs,” said Attorney West Seegmiller.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. If someone else was responsible for this accident it’s important that you act quickly to protect your rights and future.

For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have been killed.

Our firm has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST (1-855-275-9378) to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Sheriff Deputy Mario Manuel Castro Convicted on Second DUI

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

SANTA ANA, California – Repeat drunk driver Mario Manuel Castro, an off-duty Orange County Sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges Friday for his Sept. 30, 2011 arrest when he was caught driving on the wrong side of the road with a blood-alcohol level of .24 percent, according to an Orange County District Attorney Office press release.

“Roughly a third of drunk drivers are repeat offenders with prior DUI arrests as this police officer was,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “These repeat offenders are also about 40% more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers without prior drunk driving arrests.”

Castro was convicted last week of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol .08 percent or more with a prior, and a sentencing enhancement allegation for having a blood alcohol level over .15 percent, the report said.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years of informal probation and was ordered to complete an 18-month Multiple Offender Alcohol Program. Additionally, he was ordered to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel.

Castro had previously been convicted of drunk driving in Los Angeles County in 2009. Under a new law that went into effect this year, a judge could potentially take his driver’s license away for up to 10 years upon a third conviction for drunk driving.

Castro, 33, of Orange, drank several alcoholic beverages while off duty at a bar in Costa Mesa last year before heading home about 2:15 a.m. in the morning. He drove his vehicle on the wrong side of the road and into oncoming traffic including a marked Orange Police Department patrol car.

The Orange Police officer pulled Castro over and noticed signs of drunkeness, he tested him and found that Castro had a blood-alcohol content of .24 percent, three times higher than the legal limit.

Drunk Driving Statistics

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, some 791 people died because of drunk drivers out of a total of 2,715 people who were killed in traffic accidents in California in 2010.

Nationwide there were 10,228 deaths attributed to alcohol impaired driving in 2010, the NHTSA reports. Some 32,885 people died in traffic accidents nationwide. While the numbers are staggering, deaths from drunk drivers were actually down nearly 5% in 2010 compared to 2009.

The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought 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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Jorge Alberto Molina Repeat Drunk Driver Sentenced for Fatal New Year’s Eve Crash

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Source: Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office

LOS ANGELES, California – Repeat drunk driver Jorge Alberto Molina, 29, was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison for the deaths of a married couple Kelvin and Demetria Dorsey resulting when he crashed into them on New Year’s Eve 2010, according to a press release by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

At a jury trial held in January, Molina was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder as well as leaving the scene of a car accident. The murder conviction stems from the fact that Molina had a prior DUI conviction on his record, said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of The Seegmiller Law Firm.

“This man was not only a repeat drunk driver, but he was a coward who left the scene of a fatal car accident that he caused while he was speeding and ran a red light,” Seegmiller said. “Police found a bottle of vodka in his car and he admitted he drank a bottle of tequila and six beers before getting behind the wheel that night.”

Molina, a Culver City resident, apologized to the family of the victims prior to sentencing in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday morning, the report said. The couple was parents of five children ages 17 to 28 years old. According to police, Molina had a .21 percent blood alcohol level when he was arrested on Dec. 31, 2010, following a brief high-speed police chase.

Molina ran a red light near Florence Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard about 11:30 p.m. and crashed into the couple’s blue Infinity causing it to flip onto its roof and killing them. After the crash, Molina attempted to flee the scene of the fatal crash, but police officers were able to catch and arrest him.

“He had such a disregard for life,” said Deputy District Attorney Kennes Ma. “He was traveling at speeds ranging from 55 to 100 mph before he crashed into their car.”

Drunk Driving Statistics

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, some 791 people died because of drunk drivers out of a total of 2,715 people who were killed in traffic accidents in California in 2010.

Nationwide there were 10,228 deaths attributed to alcohol impaired driving in 2010, the NHTSA reports. Some 32,885 people died in traffic accidents nationwide. While the numbers are staggering, deaths from drunk drivers were actually down nearly 5% in 2010 compared to 2009.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident we know that this is a difficult time. We offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Seegmiller Law Firm have represented hundreds of clients who were injured in serious traffic accidents or have lost a loved one.

Our legal team has also handled hundreds of wrongful death claims for families of victims killed in traffic accidents. Our staff is compassionate and understands the pain its clients are going through. We know that this is a difficult time for those who have been injured and for the families of those who have been killed. has a proven track record supported by settlements ranging from several thousand dollars to millions.

There is no cost to clients until our experienced team of lawyers and legal professionals have won your case. Finding the best car accident attorney can mean you will get the settlement you need to get your life back on track. Compensation for your injuries, loss of wages and pain and suffering can’t take away the trauma of the accident, but it can help you rebuild your life.

Call us today at 1-855-ASK WEST to speak with our car accident law firm. Seegmiller Law Firm has offices in California including its headquarters in Irvine. We also have offices outside of Orange County to serve you in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Street Race Death of Sergio Garcia-Estrada Leads to Arrest of Repeat Drunk Driver Luis Estrada Garcia

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Source: Lake Elsinore Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner Department press releases

LAKE ELSINORE, California –  Repeat Drunk Driver Luis Estrada Garcia of Lake Elsinore was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter for the death of Sergio Garcia-Estrada following a street race Sunday afternoon between the two men on Lincoln Street, according to the Lake Elsinore Police Department.

Garcia, who was driving a silver convertible Honda, was reportedly racing with 29-year-old Garcia-Estrada of Laguna Hills who was behind the wheel of a black BMW sedan.

Police say the men were racing and Garcia-Estrada lost control of his car, it flipped over and he was ejected from the vehicle about 130 yards west of Sunswept Drive. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Police noted that Garcia-Estrada was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to a Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner report.

Driver Luis Garcia was driving on a suspended license and has outstanding warrants in both Orange and Riverside counties for driving under the influence as well as hit and run, according to the police report.

Anyone with further information about this incident should contact Officer Williams or Sergeant Giannakakos, at the Lake Elsinore Police Department at 951-245-3300 or after hours and on weekends at 951-776-1099.

California Street Race, Drag Race or Speed Race

Indeed California has been known as the birthplace of street racing or drag racing. So what exactly is street racing? The California Department of Motor Vehicles describes a speed contest as an “illegal exhibition of speed conducted on public streets or highways using a motor vehicle.” Typically, such competitions may include a timing device, but often it pits one driver against another in a spontaneous roadway competition.

This type of illegal behavior by drivers is a threat to public safety and reportedly killed some 5,749 teenagers in 1999 throughout the United States, according to The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, the California Office of Traffic Safety, reports there were more than 800 citations issued in 2001 for illegal speed racing in California.

In Southern California, police are quick to crack down on drivers and spectators who engage in this type of racing. In fact, the city of San Diego was the first US city to allow the arrest of spectators attending street races.Drivers who violate street racing laws may lose their vehicle to an impoundment and or the vehicle may be destroyed. Police also have authority to suspend or revoke a driver’s license.

Sadly drivers and their passengers need not engage in illegal drag races to be at risk of death or injury on our roadways. In California, fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.  ______________________________________________________________________________

The Seegmiller Law Firm can be reached at 1-855-ASK–WEST.  For over 30 years, the firm has been a staunch advocate for victims’ rights and has fought 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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