On Wednesday, April 25th, a drunk driver was sentenced for the death of 54-year-old motorcyclist Timothy Howard McKelvey in Lancaster. At 2:42 a.m. on Monday, April 23rd, 40-year-old Marie Hidalgo was traveling southbound in a 2000 Honda Civic in the northbound lane of 50th Street East when she collided head-on with McKelvey at 55 mph. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Using a helicopter crew and a K-9 unit, police apprehended Hidalgo about a mile from where the accident occurred. She pleaded no contest to a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and was sentenced to four years in state prison.
“When a drunk driver causes an accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries, the driver may face civil charges from the victim or his or her family in addition to criminal charges from the state,” explained California personal injury attorney James Ballidis.
Lancaster accounted for none of the 80 fatalities and 8 of the 2,709 injuries suffered by motorcyclists in traffic accidents throughout Los Angeles County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, 394 motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes in the state-10.7 percent more than in 2010, when 352 fatalities were recorded.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Timothy Howard McKelvey, the motorcyclist who was killed by the drunk driver.
The Los Angeles Daily News originally reported the sentencing of this drunk driver.
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