California has statutes and laws in place protecting motorists from drunk drivers. When people are convicted of a DUI in the state, they often receive probation, fines, lose their driver’s license and are required to complete an offender alcohol program, depending on the circumstances of the situation.
After serving their sentences, drivers previously convicted of DUIs may continue to reoffend. When this happens people may become injured or killed in serious car accidents.
Bicyclist killed by drunk driver
Sadly, a 12-year-old boy was killed while he was out riding his bike with dad in Costa Mesa. The boy was in a crosswalk when he was hit by a drunk driver who had run a stop sign. The boy was thrown several feet as a result of the impact. Several passersby attempted to revive him; however, he was pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital.
The 59-year-old man who hit the boy was previously convicted of a DUI in 2013. He was charged with parole violation, driving under the influence of drugs and suspicion of murder for hitting and killing the small boy. The passenger, who was in the car with him at the time, was also arrested and charged with drug use.
The man was charged with murder per California law that allows this charge if someone who has a previous DUI conviction kills someone while driving under the influence.
Holding negligent driver responsible
Negligent drivers should be held responsible for their actions, especially when they result in the injury or death of another person. If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident, it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can assist you in creating a strong legal case.