On Friday, November 9, 45-year-old Richard Gamez, of Clovis, was killed in a DUI crash near Paso Robles. While traveling on Highway 46 in a pickup truck, 31-year-old Jerad Cross failed to decelerate for traffic stopped at a construction area and crashed into the vehicle Gamez was driving, the impact sending it into another vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol indicated that Cross was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.
“Those who seriously or fatally harm others while driving under the influence may face criminal charges from the state and civil actions from the victims or their families,” explained California car accident lawyer James Ballidis.
Paso Robles accounted for 1 of the 12 fatalities and 99 of the 1,128 injuries suffered in motor vehicle collisions in San Luis Obispo County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, there were 139 DUI arrests in Paso Robles, with the California Office of Traffic Safety ranking the city 69th out of 92 cities with similarly sized populations for its incidence of impaired driving arrests.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Richard Gamez, the man killed in the DUI crash.
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