Most people would agree that parenthood is sacred. When an act of pure negligence robs a family of an expectant mother and an unborn child, it is particularly disturbing. Unfortunately, a young California family is facing this terrible tragedy after a drunk driver caused a pregnant woman’s death and then fled the scene.
The CHP (California Highway Patrol) reports that the motor vehicle accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day in Ramona. The drunk driver’s SUV struck the victim’s vehicle from behind causing the car to crash into a tree. The young mother and her unborn child perished on the way to the hospital.
Reportedly, the drunk driver fled the scene and called Lyft for a ride to the Turkey Inn Bar in Ramona. At about 2 a.m. Monday morning, police arrested the driver at the bar and booked him into the County Jail. He is being held on a $1 million bail, awaiting an appearance before a judge. At this time, the defendant is facing four felony charges: “two counts of DUI resulting in bodily injury, gross vehicular manslaughter and hit and run.”
CHP Officer, Kevin Pearlstein, said this about the motor vehicle accident: “There is nothing accidental about drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel.” The officer also mentioned the numerous transport options like Uber and Lyft that people can use in lieu of driving under the influence. The pregnant mother leaves behind a Marine husband and two young boys.
When horrific acts of tragedy rob the world of innocent, law-abiding citizens, it is more important than ever to pursue any means of justice available. Personal injury attorneys can help grieving families in their pursuit of justice in the name of the fallen.
Source: CBS 8, “Expectant mother killed in hit-and-run in Ramona,” Gene Kang and Dominic Garcia, accessed May 17, 2017