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DUI Collision in San Bernardino Proves Fatal for 12-year-old Girl

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Sandra Ceballos, 12, was killed, and her uncle and her mother, 37-year-old Maria Sigala, were both seriously injured in a San Bernardino car accident caused by a suspected drunk driver. Police say the driver who caused the crash, 21-year-old Alexander Velasco, drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Macy and Mesa streets the night of May 16, 2010 and broadsided a 2004 Kia Optima driven by Sigala. The impact killed Sandra and seriously injured Sigala and her 21-year-old brother. Velasco has been arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving.

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I offer my deepest condolences to everybody who knew and loved young Sandra Ceballos. What a devastating loss for the family! Not only have they lost their little girl, but are also caring for two other family members, who have apparently sustained major injuries. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.

Alcohol-Related Crashes

According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 24 fatalities and 283 injuries involving DUI collisions in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County. Also, countywide, alcohol-related crashes caused 94 deaths and 1,052 injuries in 2008.

Drunk Driving Laws

Based on this news report, not only did Velasco drive under the influence, but he also ran a stop sign and crashed into the Kia driven by Sigala. Under California law, driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent is illegal. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” It is also a serious traffic violation to run a stop sign.

Holding Wrongdoers Accountable

In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased car accident victims can file a wrongful death claim, seeking compensation to cover funeral expenses, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. Injured victims, in such cases, can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, cost of hospitalization, loss of earnings, surgery, physical therapy and other associated damages.

Victims and their families would be well-advised to contact a reputed San Bernardino car accident lawyer, who has the experience and track record of holding drunk drivers financially responsible for their actions. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will also be able to advise victims and their families about how their own car insurance policy applies to an incident where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.

What additional steps should law enforcement take to curb drunk driving in our communities?

The Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this article at the time the article was posted. Our information source is cited in the article. If you were involved in this incident or a similar incident and have questions as to your rights and options, call us or another reputable law firm. Do not act solely upon the information provided herein. Get a consultation. The best law firms will provide a free consultation. We provide a free, confidential consultation to not at fault persons named in this article. The free consultation offer extends to family members as well.

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  • Anonymous

    That was my step sister. it’s been three months since she was killed in the car crash,:(

  • i cant belive she died ! i was one of her friends. :'( why couldn’t it been me!!!

  • Alexandra Morales

    To Alexander Velasco may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives you the gift of salvation and may you know His calling. As Sandra Ceballos aunt I pray to The Lord to help me overcome this tragic memory that still hunts me till this day but I have my hope in Christ that He will help me overcome this and most of all I believe =) The Lord Jesus Christ use you as a tool to bring my baby home for most people this wont and does not make any sense but I know now that she is in a way better place than this fallen world she is in the presences of The Lord in fellowship and what better place than to be in heaven =) with Jesus Christ. I forgive you Alexander and I pray that one day you come to know Jesus Christ and remember this Christ has already forgiving you =) is only up to you to take that first step. May you walk with Jesus in your path in this life and remember no matter how is your life now He is always with you. God bless you and your family.

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