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Morgan Hill: Drunk Driver Struck, Killed Marschelle Syverson

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At about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 23rd, a drunk driver struck and killed 73-year-old Marschelle Syverson in Morgan Hill. While traveling in a 1991 Lexus SUV, 83-year-old Dick Chappell ran a red light near Jarvis Drive, crashing into Syverson as he traversed Butterfield Boulevard on a Segway. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries. Police arrested Chappell on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI, explains a California pedestrian accident lawyer.

Morgan Hill accounted for none of the 21 fatalities and 1 of the 470 injuries suffered by pedestrians in traffic accidents in Santa Clara County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of counties with similar populations, ranking those with the worst records the highest. That year, Santa Clara County ranked 24th out of 58 counties for pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Marschelle Syverson, the man who was struck and killed by the drunk driver last Sunday.

The San Jose Mercury News originally reported this Morgan Hill accident.

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