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Cardiff: Drunk Driver Struck, Seriously Injured Skateboarder


At about 12:45 a.m. on Friday, April 20th, a drunk driver struck and seriously injured a skateboarder in Cardiff. While traveling north in a Mitsubishi Lancer on South Coast Highway 101, 32-year-old Eric Larson hit a 25-year-old man riding a skateboard. The man sustained major trauma and was transported to a hospital, as was a passenger of the Lancer. Authorities arrested Larson on suspicion of felony drunk driving causing injury.

“In California, causing an accident resulting in injury while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense,” explained personal injury attorney James Ballidis, “and violators face not only criminal charges but also civil actions from victims seeking compensation for expenses related to their injuries.”

San Diego County accounted for 163 of the fatalities and 16,242 of the injuries suffered by motorists in traffic collisions in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The following year, traffic fatalities decreased by 11.9 percent in the state, from 3,081 to 2,715. 2010 also marked a 14.4 percent decline in deaths on the road caused by legally intoxicated drivers, from 924 to 791.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to wish a full recovery to the skateboarder who was struck and seriously injured by the drunk driver.

U-T San Diego originally reported this collision.

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If you would like to request one of these free resources, or to discuss a specific legal matter with a California personal injury attorney, feel free to call 866-981-5596.

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