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Lakeland Village: William Messemore and Matthew Camili Killed in DUI Crash


Shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 40-year-old William Messemore and 25-year-old Matthew Camili were killed in a DUI crash in Lakeland Village. While traveling at speeds reaching 80 mph in a 2007 Toyota Tacoma in the two-way turn lane of Grand Avenue in order to pass slower traffic, Messemore crashed into Camili’s 1996 Plymouth Neon near Adelfa Street, the impact killing both men. A passenger in the Toyota suffered minor trauma. Authorities suspect that Messemore was intoxicated at the time of the accident.

“Drivers who violate traffic safety laws face fines and imprisonment and civil lawsuits,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis, “as the state will punish them for violating its laws and the victims will hold them liable for their losses.”

In 2010, traffic accidents claimed the lives of 164 people and injured another 10,594 in Riverside County, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 69 of the fatal and 930 of the injury crashes that occurred in the county that year.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of William Messemore and Matthew Camili, the two men killed in the DUI crash.

The Press-Enterprise originally reported this Lakeland Village collision.

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