Union Tribune writer Susan Shroder reported on a previous story involving a fatal traffic accident that occurred in April. A San Diego woman named Melanie Rebecca Flores was arrested on June 30 for suspicion of murder and driving under the influence. Her actions caused the death of Stevens Benjamin Friedman, and injury of two others on the Silver Strand in Coronado.
Flores was incarcerated and is at Las Colinas Detention Facility for allegedly being intoxicated when she hit two vehicles at 2:10 p.m. on April 21 (See my previous blog post, titled San Diego Man Fatally Injured In Three Vehicle Auto Accident In Coronado).
Applicable California law
California Vehicle Code 23152 makes it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving under the influence (DUI) remains one of the leading traffic safety concerns in California. According to the Statewide Traffic Records System, in 2008 alone, there were 790 people killed in collisions in California where the primary collision factor was DUI. There were more than 217,000 DUI arrests by law enforcement agencies, statewide in 2008. In many cases, after the arrest, some individuals fail to appear in court to be held accountable for their actions. Law enforcement agencies are making great efforts to bring these offenders to court by serving warrants on these offenders. Unfortunately, many of them are repeat offenders who pose the greatest danger to the public.
Drunk and impaired drivers fail to appreciate the danger that they pose to themselves and others. They are a primary cause of auto accidents, truck accidents, and accidents involving motorcycle and off-road vehicles such as ATV’s. If you or someone you know are the victim of a drunk or impaired driver, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the justice you deserve.