A pedestrian was fatally injured in a San Francisco car accident after officials say he was struck by a suspected drunk driver. Bay City News reports that the fatal pedestrian accident occurred early morning on March 19, 2010 at Fourth and King streets. The 36-year-old man was standing on a San Francisco Municipal Railway platform at when a white pickup truck driven by Dwain Davis struck him. Davis had apparently lost control of the pickup and struck a big-rig and then collided with the pedestrian. The truck driver sustained minor injuries while Davis was uninjured. He is facing felony drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter charges.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased pedestrian accident victim. It is indeed a heartbreaking loss for them. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
San Francisco Accident Statistics
There were 16 fatalities and 790 injuries involving pedestrian accidents in San Francisco, according to California Highway Patrol’s 2008 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS). Eight deaths and 309 injuries were reported as a result of DUI collisions in San Francisco during the same year.
California Drunk Driving Laws
Driving under the influence 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).
Victims’ families in such cases would be well-advised to consult with a reputed San Francisco personal injury lawyer who is also experienced in financially pursuing drunk drivers. A skilled car accident lawyer will also advise the family about how their car insurance policy applies to an incident where the motorist who is at fault is uninsured or underinsured.
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