Union Tribune reporter Susan Shroder reported on a follow up to a story involving a fatal auto accident that occurred on San Diego’s Coronado island in April 2010. Melanie Rebecca Flores of San Diego was arrested on June 30 on suspicion of driving under the influence and murder. The auto accident caused the death of Stevens Benjamin Friedman, and injury of two others on the Silver Strand in Coronado. Flores was arrested and is awaiting trial at Las Colinas Detention Facility on charges of being intoxicated when she hit two vehicles resulting in the fatal accident (See my previous blog post, titled San Diego Man Fatally Injured In Three Vehicle Auto Accident In Coronado).
Applicable California law
Flores will face criminal charges for violation of California Vehicle Code 23152, which makes it illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Driving while intoxicated (DUI) is a major traffic safety concern in California. According to California Statewide Traffic Records System, in 2008 , there were 790 people fatally injured in collisions where the primary collision factor was DUI. There were more than 217,000 arrests involving DUI by law enforcement agencies. In many cases, after the arrest, some offenders fail to appear in court and law enforcement agencies are going through great lengths to bring these individuals to court by serving warrants on these offenders. Many of these cases involve repeat offenders who pose the greatest danger to the public at large.
Most drunk drivers are aware of the danger that they pose to themselves and others, and choose to ignore the risk. They are a major cause of auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and off-road vehicles accidents resulting in serious injury or wrongful death. If you or a loved one are the victim of a drunk or impaired driver, the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney can help you get the justice you deserve.