Bremerton DUI Victim Will Received $1.3 Million in Civil Settlement

26-year-old Andrew O’Brien was a victim of a fatal DUI accident that occurred September 10th of last year in Bremerton, Washington. He and a friend, Alana Kemppainen, were out celebrating at a bar that night when they decided to walk home instead of driving. As the two were walking home, they were hit by a drunk driver. The impact had killed Alana and severely injured Andrew, putting him into a coma for two months.

The drunk driver was identified as the lead singer of a well-known local band, Dan Krogman. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI the night of the accident. Authorities stated that Krogman had consumed two pints of beer and a few double shots of vodka. Krogman went on to say that he drove because “he felt that he was the least intoxicated person in the group.”

O’Brian has no recollection of the night of the accident. Andrew had to learn how to walk again because of the traumatic brain damage he sustained in the crash. O’Brian plans to participate in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving charity walk with Kemppainen’s family.

Drunk driving is not taken lightly in the state of Washington; Washington is well-known for it’s strict penalties and fines. If you have been arrested for DUI in Seattle and are in need of a DUI attorney, contact our dedicated attorneys at Dellino Law Group today.

San Bernardino Police Arrest Man Suspected of Hit-and-Run That Killed Young Boy

Jose Vasquez was arrested by San Bernardino Police Wednesday morning and is currently in jail awaiting trial for the hit-and-run resulting in the death of 2-year-old Jonathan Montes. California Highway Patrol officers stated that Jose Vasquez was driving through Perris Hill Road in San Bernardino going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone when he hit 2-year-old Jonathan who was playing outside in the street with his 5-year-old brother.

After Vasquez had hit Jonathan, he kept driving and didn’t stop to give aid to the young boy nor did he attempt to contact the authorities. Officials stated that Vasques was afraid and did not have a California driver’s license. Vasque has also been arrested in the past for prior drug offenses.

A neighborhood business surveillance video gave investigators some insight how the accident when down. Officers stated they could see the silver Toyota Echo that Vasquez was driving that evening.

County prosecutors will overview the case and decide if there is enough sufficient evidence to issue criminal charges against Vasquez.

It’s a tragedy that young Jonathan had his life taken from him, California drivers need to follow laws and pay attention when they are driving.  May if Vasquez was following the speed limit, 2-year-old Jonathan would still be here with us today.

If you or a loved one have been injured in car accident in San Bernardino County, contact our experienced San Bernardino car accident attorney today.

Chesterfield County Accident Leaves Man and Woman Injured

A collision involving two cars sent two people to the hospital Tuesday Evening in Colonial Heights.

The Chesterfield County accident occurred at 15928 Jefferson Davis Highway in a Family Dollar parking lot. According to Virginia Police, an elderly man who was driving a Chevrolet HHR experienced a medical occurrence that caused him to crash into three vehicles and hit a woman who happened to be walking in the parking lot.

Multiple witnesses said the Chevrolet collided with a Nissan Altima then a Honda CRV causing the CRV to hit the pedestrian in the Family Dollar parking lot.

A local witness, Trina Shaw, said she saw the entire incident unfold, and she is still in “shock.”

“He hit that car, and that car hit the woman. And it threw her up against the wall of the building,” she added.

The Chevrolet, after hitting the Honda, then hit a Jeep Patriot that was parked, causing the Jeep to collide through a gate and roll downhill and hit a wire to a Dominion poll, stopping vehicles before the car entered traffic on Jefferson Davis Highway.

“It happened so fast; I was hoping nobody was in that SUV,” Shaw shared. “He was looking crazy like something was wrong, so I knew it had to be something medically related.”

The elderly man driving the Chevrolet and the pedestrian hit by the Honda CRV were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It hasn’t been released whether victims will press charges; it is also unknown if the man shouldn’t have been driving under his condition or if he will be charged with any traffic violations in Chesterfield County.

Considering last year Virginia experienced 120,282 car crashes, it’s a miracle this three vehicle collision, pedestrian injury, and Highway stopping incident didn’t involve a death. Last year’s traffic injuries added up to over 63 thousand. That averages to two injuries per crash in Virginia’s 2014.

Man Sentenced To Serve 12 Years in Prison For Fatal DUI Accident In Hanover, Virginia

Tuesday morning Hanover Circuit Judge J. Overton Harris sentenced 32-year-old Donald Johnson of Hanover to serve 12 years in prison.  Johnson pleaded no contest to two felonies, he was charged with aggravated involuntary manslaughter and maiming. His blood-alcohol lever was three times over the legal limit in the state of Virginia.

Around October 2013, Johnson was driving under the influence in Hanover when he lost control of his vehicle near Bell Creek Road and veered across Highway 150, colliding head-on with another car.  The driver of the car was identified as 74-year-old Myrtle Duling who was head home with her daughter after visiting her husband in a rehabilitation center.  She passed away a few days after the accident took place while in operation at a local medical center.  Her 54-year-old daughter was riding in the passenger seat, she also suffered from multiple sclerosis.  As her system weakened and stresses from her injuries, she pass away a few months  later.

Myrtle’s husband is now without his wife of 57 years, Warren Duling struggled in court for words, “She was my best friend for 57 years. We married when she was 17,” Warren stated.  “I wouldn’t wish on anybody.” He said.

If you or a loved on have been affected by a DUI-related accident, contact the attorneys at the Law Office of Gregory R. Hough today.

 

Fatal Accident in Maryland Ends Five Virginia Family Members

Authorities are now investigating an accident that occurred in Wye Mills, Maryland involving a car and a semi-truck early Saturday morning.

A family of five were traveling from Virginia to attend a baby shower in Maryland that was being thrown for a pregnant passenger when their car collided with a tractor-trailer.  The accident occurred at a Route 50  intersection near Chesapeake College.

All five occupants of the car consisted of 24-year-old Regina Ayres, 7-year-old daughter Jordan, two-month-old son Jonathan, as well as Regina’s 24-year-old boyfriend Travis Straton.  Regina was with child when the accident took place, she and her unborn child died at a hospital in Easton, Maryland.

The truck driver was transported by air to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore stated officials.

Investigators have found no signs of alcohol or drug involved in the accident.  There are no words that can describe how tragic this accident. If or a loved one have been affected by a traffic accident, contact our Richmond car accident attorneys today.

Man Pleads Not Guilty After Fatal Accident In San Diego

20-year-old Antony Schoenle lays in bed at UC San Diego Medical Center after he escaped a fiery car crash in the San Diego area that killed two of his passengers.  He is being charged with two counts gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing great bodily harm.

According to authorities, Antony was driving a Dodge Stratus with two other female passengers, Guadalupe Amado, and Lizette Gracia, and a dog.  Prosecutor’s stated that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs consisting of cocaine and marijuana that he had consumed during a twelve-hour period before the accident.

Antony was traveling southbound on Friars Road when he lost control and drove off the road around the Pacific Highway overpass. He then struck a curb that sent the vehicle into the air and down an embankment, where it collided with a pillar and soon caught on fire.

Prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Steven Schott stated that Antony got out of the vehicle by climbing over Garcia “whom he described in an interview later as “dead weight,” then proceed to flee to another vehicle.  Prosecutor Schott also stated that Antony Schoenle wanted to leave the scene.

Antony Schoenle’s preliminary test revealed that he had a blood-alcohol content of .09 percent, two hours after the crash occurred. San Diego Superior Court Judge Fraser set Antony Schoenle’s bail at $2,000,000.

Car Crash Ends With Wife Airlifted And Best Man Dead

Newlyweds Eric Stein and his wife Ksenia were on their was to his brother’s wedding rehearsal dinner in Agoura Hills, California when they were involved in a fatal car accident.  Eric was the best man in his brothers but unfortunately, he did not survive.

The accident occurred around 5:00 p.m. along Kanan Dume Road and Mulholland Highway July 31.  Eric was driving his Ford Focus with his wife when they collided with an L.A. County Fire Department crew vehicle that was carrying 13 female inmates from Malibu’s Fire Camp 13.  Malibu Fire Camp 13 is where inmates assist with fire relief efforts.  Eric was trying to make a left turn onto Saddle Rock Ranch where the rehearsal dinner was held when the crew vehicle slammed into the driver side of the Ford Focus, dragging the newlyweds off the road.

Authorities pronounced Eric dead at the scene of the accident while Ksenia was transported by airlift to a nearby medical center.

Eric’s family is now stating that the firefighters did not give Eric any time to react and we negligent.  Neighbors  Sharp asked NBC Los Angeles, “Regardless of the emergency the firemen were in, how fast do you need to go? How fast is it to being safe to where things are going to turn bad on the way?”

Los Angeles County Fire Department cannot comment because of the ongoing investigation but have released their condolences on behalf of the unfortunate death of Eric Stein.

It’s a tragedy that the two newlyweds were killed that night. Car accidents not only affect those involved, but families and friends suffer the loss of a loved one. If you have been affected by a car accident in California, contact our dedicated California injury attorneys today.

 

 

Suspect Arrested After Man Shot inside of Parked Car in Seattle

Early Sunday morning Seattle Police stated that they have arrested a suspect related to a shooting that took place around the 1200 block of South Main Street.

Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson stated that the 21-year-old suspect was detained at his residence and later booked into Kin County Jail.  Other suspects are still at large.

According to investigators, three males approached a car that had several people inside when a fight broke out. Everyone was outside of the car except for the victim.  The victim was shot three times while he was sitting in the car.

He was later transported to Harborview Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries later that day.

If you have been arrested for a crime and are now facing charges, contact the attorneys at Dellino Law Group today

Learning from the DUI Experiences of Others in Seattle

Everyone knows that driving after you’ve had too much to drink is not a good idea. Not only can it cause dangerous, potentially even fatal accidents, but someone driving under the influence or committing the grave criminal offense best known by the acronym DUI, could also be caught by the police and arrested. It happens all the time in Seattle.

Marco Pappa, midfielder for Seattle Sounders arrested for DUI, speeding on July 19, 2015

That was the recent headline, disclosing that the young up-and-coming soccer player had been arrested in the early hours of that Sunday morning for speeding and DUI. As a result, Pappa was suspended from Major League Soccer play until he could be evaluated. The young player reportedly has a clean driving record in Washington State; however, the legal results of his arrest remain pending.

The coach has urged the team to support their suspended teammate. Following a DUI arrest in Seattle, few people are so lucky, given the severity of the charges and the possible outcome for people who don’t have this kind of support system in place. Pappa is lucky by any comparative standards.

Prominent candidate for Seattle City Council pleaded guilty to DUI

Candidate Debora Juarez pleaded guilty to DUI back in 2012, following a car crash that sent her vehicle careening into a guardrail and causing severe damage to the front end of the car. Her blood-alcohol content (BAC) was nearly double the legal limit. She received a sentence of five years of probation and was ordered to pay $595 in fines, but managed to avoid jail time. Nonetheless, her brush with the law may cost Juarez on election day.

In a public statement, Juarez took responsibility for her actions and admitted that she should not have been behind the wheel that night. Many people arrested for DUI in Seattle have that realization later, only after the damage is done. Following her arrest Juarez contacted a lawyer, which undoubtedly helped her get through the process that followed and not spend any time behind bars for the arrest.

If you should ever find yourself under arrest for DUI, remember the lessons taught by these two stories: support is outstanding and a lawyer can help you avoid jail. Our criminal defense law group in Seattle can provide numerous benefits to you through active, competent representation and navigating the system in such a way as to minimize the negative consequences of a DUI arrest.

Washington State DUI Laws

Like most states in America, Washington has strict laws dealing with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other intoxicants.  States are implementing tougher fines and penalties in an effort to

States are implementing tougher fines and penalties in an effort to discourage individuals from driving under the influence.  In 2012 there were 444 fatalities attributed to motor vehicle accident involving alcohol.

Even with focused efforts to increase the awareness of the impacts of DUI, and tougher Washington DUI laws, individuals continue to get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol or taking medications that greatly impair the ability to drive.

Often times individuals do not realize they are over the legal limit to drive a vehicle and they find themselves getting pulled over or stopped at a DUI checkpoint and arrested for DUI.

New technologies are being developed that allow individuals to quickly test their BAC (blood alcohol concentration) before they get behind the wheel.  The hope is that by making these personal BAC testing devices readily available to the public they will begin to test themselves and if they are over the legal limit to drive they will find another way to get home or wherever they are going.

Of course, even with these new technologies, stiffer DUI penalties and more awareness of the dangers of DUI, people will still get behind the wheel while being over the legal limit to drive.

Common DUI Questions:

RCW 46.61.504

(1) A person is guilty of being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug if the person has actual physical control of a vehicle within this state:

(a) And the person has, within two hours after being in actual physical control of the vehicle, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or

(b) The person has, within two hours after being in actual physical control of a vehicle, a THC concentration of 5.00 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or

(c) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or

(d) While the person is under the combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug.

(2) The fact that a person charged with a violation of this section is or has been entitled to use a drug under the laws of this state does not constitute a defense against any charge of violating this section. No person may be convicted under this section if, prior to being pursued by a law enforcement officer, the person has moved the vehicle safely off the roadway.

(3)(a) It is an affirmative defense to a violation of subsection (1)(a) of this section which the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant consumed a sufficient quantity of alcohol after the time of being in actual physical control of the vehicle and before the administration of an analysis of the person’s breath or blood to cause the defendant’s alcohol concentration to be 0.08 or more within two hours after being in such control. The court shall not admit evidence of this defense unless the defendant notifies the prosecution prior to the omnibus or pretrial hearing in the case of the defendant’s intent to assert the affirmative defense.

(b) It is an affirmative defense to a violation of subsection (1)(b) of this section, which the defendant must prove by a preponderance of the evidence, that the defendant consumed a sufficient quantity of marijuana after the time of being in actual physical control of the vehicle and before the administration of an analysis of the person’s blood to cause the defendant’s THC concentration to be 5.00 or more within two hours after being in control of the vehicle. The court shall not admit evidence of this defense unless the defendant notifies the prosecution prior to the omnibus or pretrial hearing in the case of the defendant’s intent to assert the affirmative defense.

(4)(a) Analyses of blood or breath samples obtained more than two hours after the alleged being in actual physical control of a vehicle may be used as evidence that within two hours of the alleged being in such control, a person had an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more in violation of subsection (1)(a) of this section, and in any case in which the analysis shows an alcohol concentration above 0.00 may be used as evidence that a person was under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug in violation of subsection (1)(c) or (d) of this section.

(b) Analyses of blood samples obtained more than two hours after the alleged being in actual physical control of a vehicle may be used as evidence that within two hours of the alleged being in control of the vehicle, a person had a THC concentration of 5.00 or more in violation of subsection (1)(b) of this section, and in any case in which the analysis shows a THC concentration above 0.00 may be used as evidence that a person was under the influence of or affected by marijuana in violation of subsection (1)(c) or (d) of this section.

(5) Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, a violation of this section is a gross misdemeanor.

(6) It is a class C felony punishable under chapter 9.94A RCW, or chapter 13.40 RCW if the person is a juvenile, if:

(a) The person has four or more prior offenses within ten years as defined in RCW 46.61.5055; or

(b) The person has ever previously been convicted of:

(i) Vehicular homicide while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.520(1)(a);

(ii) Vehicular assault while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, RCW 46.61.522(1)(b);

(iii) An out-of-state offense comparable to the offense specified in (b)(i) or (ii) of this subsection; or

(iv) A violation of this subsection (6) or RCW 46.61.502(6).