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.

Southern California Traffic Accidents

A couple of recent accidents in Southern California left 10 people dead and 2 injured.  A multi car crash in Chino claimed the lives of 5 people and injured another.  A short time later an auto accident in Irvine killed 3 teenage boys and 2 teenage girls after the car crashed and caught fire on Interstate 5.  You can read more about these accidents here.

Accidents occur frequently in Southern California areas and can be devastating to families, especially in fatal accidents like these.  There is no way to recover what has been lost, but local personal injury lawyers are typically able to recover damages in the event of negligence.

Be sure to contact a local personal injury attorney if you or a loved one has been involved in a:


New Traffic Laws Introduced In California

In the last few months, California lawmakers have been hard at work creating new traffic laws that will hopefully make roads and highways a little safer.

A new law will soon be going into affect primarily targeting the safety of commuting cyclist.  The Three Feet for Safety Act basically enforces the distance between a motorist and cyclist to prevent any accidents or injuries to both parties.  Motorists must maintain a minimum of three feet from a cyclist or else face a fine and if caught repeating the offense could face jail time.

The objective of the new law is to reduce accidents between bicyclists and motor vehicles.

Discrimination Cases Now Heavily Enforce By New Tennessee Laws

In these last few months alone, new Tennessee state laws have been approved and are soon going into effect to protect its hard working residents.  More than over 6,495,978 people call Tennessee home, most of which have established their lives and make a living working for Tennessee companies.  Unfortunately, some of those people have to endure discrimination at their workplace.  In 2013, more than 2,988 cases were filed for discrimination against their companies.  Tennessee courts have just passed new laws that will make it significantly harder for businesses to discrimination cases filed against them.

The Employee Online Privacy Act was passed by Tennessee which prohibits employers from requesting an employee or applicant to give access to the employee or applicant’s personal social media account.  This is just one of many new laws that are being formed to help everyday Americans feel safe in their workplace.  No one should have to face discrimination or be harassed where they work.  If you or someone you know feel like you’ve been harassed or treated unfairly, contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Filing For Divorce In Tennessee

Tennessee is currently ranked 14th in the country for highest divorce rate.  If you find yourself filing for divorce in Tennessee, you should know how to properly do so.   Tennessee courts will grant you a divorce on two types of grounds, fault and no-fault divorce.

Grounds for filing a no-fault divorce are:

  • Irreconcilable differences, where the spouse properly signs a marital dissolution agreement.
  • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for two years when there are no minor children.

Grounds for filing for a fault divorce are:

  • Impotence.
  • Adultery.
  • Convictions of a felony and imprisonment
  • Alcoholism or drug addiction.
  • Spouse is pregnant by another at the time of marriage with the husbands knowledge.
  • Willful desertion for a year.
  • Bigamy.
  • Endangering the life of the spouse.
  • Cruel and inhuman treatment or unsafe and improper marital conduct.
  • Abandonment, neglect, or banning the spouse from the home.

If you are planning to file for divorce in Tennessee and are in need of legal advice contact an experienced divorce attorney as soon as possible.