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2nd San Diego Pedestrian Killed by a Drunk Driver

By Renee Nordstrand on November 24, 2009

For the second time in three days, a San Diego pedestrian has been killed by a drunken driver, the San Diego Tribune reports.

Kristen Ann Bedard, 36, was walking at approximately 7 a.m. in Poway when a car driven by 44 year-old Becky Anderson drove up onto the sidewalk, striking and killing the mother of 2.

Anderson was arrested under suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.  A similar situation in East County killed a young walking mother on Saturday night.  In that situation the driver was arrested for identical charges, as well as an additional hit and run charge.

Please call compassionate and skilled personal injury attorneys if you have been victimized by a drunk driver.  First consultations are free of charge and attorneys are ready to help you find the answers and justice that you deserve.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunken Driver

By Renee Nordstrand on November 23, 2009

A San Diego pedestrian was struck and killed by a suspected drunken driver in East County Saturday night, the San Diego Tribune reports.   The unidentified 35 year old pedestrian was walking on Pepper Drive at about 9:20 p.m. when Deborah Felix, 51, who was driving a Dodge pick-up truck, struck her and continued driving.

Felix went on to hit several mailboxes, a car, and, eventually, a home before she was stopped and apprehended by police.

Every day drunk driving causes terrible tragedies that affect thousands of Americans.  If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a drunken driver’s actions, experienced Southern California attorneys can help.  We will we aggressively pursue compensation and guide families in recovering from the loss so that they can move forward with their lives.

San Diego Teen Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Fatal Crash that Killed Friend

By Renee Nordstrand on November 13, 2009

A seventeen-year-old high school student, who caused a car accident that killed his friend while driving under the influence of alcohol, has pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter, the San Diego Tribune reports.

The youth, who was not identified, was traveling at speeds of up to 79 mph in a 45 mph zone when the crash occurred.  His blood alcohol content was 0.11; the legal limit for adults over the age of 21 is .08.

Adults who plead guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter are normally sentenced to 12 years of jail time.  Because he is a youth, he will most likely receive less than 12 years of custody, if any jail time at all.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), drivers aged 15 to 20 have nearly 20 more fatal crashes than any other age group.  Additionally, drunk driving traffic crashes have costs an estimated $19 billion dollars in the United States.

If someone you or someone you know has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, please call an experienced and compassionate attorney who will explain your options and fight to recover compensation.

Wrong Way Driver Causes Deadly Crash in Anaheim

By Renee Nordstrand on October 26, 2009

An unidentified woman who was traveling the wrong way on an Anaheim freeway struck another vehicle early this morning, the Orange County Register reports.  The driver and front-seat passenger of the other vehicle were killed.  Two back-seat passengers, who have been identified as minors, were hospitalized with serious injuries.

The crash occurred at about 3 a.m. this morning when the suspected drunken driver was traveling westbound in the eastbound FasTrack lane of the 91 freeway near the 55 freeway.

In 2007 alone, there were 3,669 injuries and 106 fatalities due to drunken driving accidents in Los Angeles County according to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System.   If, after investigation, police determine that the woman who caused this accident was driving while intoxicated, she can be held both criminally and civilly responsible for her negligence.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunken driving accident, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney who has your best interest in mind and will help you recover damages from the accident.  We firmly believe that drunk drivers should be held liable for their actions and will fight to ensure this until you are fully compensated.

Orange County Authorities Remember Adenhart, Urge Fans Not to Drink and Drive

By Renee Nordstrand on October 20, 2009

Following the tragic April death of 22 year old Anaheim Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart to a drunk driver, Orange County officials are warning Angels fans not to drink and drive after today’s playoff game versus the New York Yankees.

Adenhart, a promising young pitcher for the Angels, was killed when a drunken driver with a suspended license and previous drunken driving conviction ran a red light and struck the car Adenhart was riding in.  Earlier that night, he had pitched six scoreless innings of one of his first major league games.

As of October 10, the trial for the drunken driver, Andrew Thomas Gallo, accused of three counts of second degree murder for the deaths of Adenhart and two of his friends who were also killed in the collision, has been postponed to April 19.  If convicted, Gallo could face up to 55 years in prison.

With baseball playoffs in full swing, the Orange County Police Department seeks to prevent drunken driving accidents that are typically caused when celebratory fans leave the baseball stadium after consuming large quantities of alcohol over the course of a 9 inning game.

According to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website, on average someone is killed by a drunken driver every 45 minutes.

At Law Office of Renee J. Nordstrand, we provide experienced representation and hold drunken drivers completely accountable for their actions.  If you’ve been the victim of a drunken driving accident, please call our offices today to learn more about how we can help you receive the compensation your deserve.

Repeat Drunken Driver Sentenced for 15 years to Life for Killing Friend

By Renee Nordstrand on October 13, 2009

A Long Beach man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after causing a fatal accident that killed his passenger and friend on February 16, 2008.  The man had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 (more than twice the legal limit) when he made an illegal left turn into oncoming traffic. A Chevrolet Tahoe crossing legally through the intersection struck the passenger side door, instantly killing the passenger.

The driver had two previous drunken driving convictions on his record, in one of which he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.33.

Los Alamitos City Council members are considering a new proposal in which drunk drivers that cause a car accident may have to pay the city for police and fire department costs.  The costs for offenders would vary according to the accident’s severity and the injuries (if any) sustained.   This program has already been enacted in Anaheim, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa.

Drunken driving accident victims not only need experienced legal representation, they absolutely deserve it.  As a client of our firm, you will be working with an experienced attorney from the very beginning of your case through its conclusion. Your questions and concerns will not go unanswered.