At about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, a driver intentionally struck two men in downtown Los Angeles, inflicting them with serious injury. The incident was triggered by a fight between the men at Sam’s Hofbrau, located in the 900 block of Olympic Boulevard. As the altercation continued in the parking lot for the business, one of the men, 40-year-old Terrence Conrad Meeks, drove his white BMW into the other two men, who were standing in front of their vehicle at the time. Paramedics transported the men to an area hospital, where doctors indicated one man would require the amputation of both legs above the knee and the other would lose his right leg. Authorities arrested Meeks on suspicion of attempted manslaughter and driving under the influence.
“When a motorist harms others intentionally, he or she will face criminal charges from the state for violating its laws and civil claims from the victims, who may, under California law, seek compensation for damages resulting from the motorist’s actions,” explained James Ballidis, a personal injury lawyer in the state.
Traffic accidents claimed the lives of 568 people and caused injury to another 71,866 in Los Angeles County in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. Alcohol was a contributing factor to 197 of the fatal and 4,359 of the injury accidents that occurred in the county that year.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish the two men who were struck and seriously injured the best possible recovery.
The Los Angeles Times originally reported this incident.
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