Cathrine Marie Harless, 63, was killed in a San Diego car accident after, officials say, she was struck by a suspected drunk driver. According to a 10news report, the fatal collision occurred the night of October 2, 2010, when her pickup truck was struck head-on by another pickup truck, which veered into her lane. Harless and her two dogs died at the scene. The crash occurred on Alpine Boulevard near Dunbar Lane, in Alpine. The driver of the other pickup, who has not yet been identified, was also injured. But officials say he is expected to be booked on suspicion of drunk driving.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cathrine Marie Harless for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep this grieving family in your thoughts and prayers.
According to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), there were 246 fatalities and 13,527 injuries involving car accidents in San Diego County. Of those, 104 deaths and 2,033 injuries occurred as a result of DUI collisions.
California Drunk Driving Laws
Based on this news report, it appears that the driver of the other pickup truck swerved into opposing lanes of traffic, striking Harless’ vehicle. Officials believe he was under the influence. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious crime under California law. 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.” A driver whose act of driving under the influence results in the death of another will likely face vehicular manslaughter charges under California Penal Code Section 191.5 (a).
Protecting Victims’ Rights
In such cases, families of deceased car accident victims would be well-advised to contact an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the incident and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable. Where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased accident victims could file a wrongful death claim seeking damages for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. For more information about the dangers of drunk driving, please visit the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) web site at www.madd.org.
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