At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we wish there was a way to keep accidents from happening. While many factors can cause a crash, such as weather and traffic conditions, those that involve operator negligence are the hardest to comprehend. Driving while intoxicated or failing to adhere to rules of the road can carry heavy penalties, including hefty fines, jail time and license revocation.
This week, disabled Air Force Veteran Soranon Boopanon was ordered to stand trial on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of drugs. According to the Deputy District Attorney, Boopanon was driving while taking four depressants, including Valium, when she ran a red light on La Jolla Village Drive and caused a chain reaction collision. After first hitting an Audi, Boopanon collided with a Volkswagen Golf, which killed the driver of that car, George Matteson, 77, instantly. Boopanon, 39, faces 15 years in prison if convicted.
Our thoughts go out to friends and family as they face the loss of their loved one in this accident. Questions will likely ensue after an accident and our legal team at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene is here to help you answer them all. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to another driver’s negligence, you have a right to enlist legal assistance. Let us take over the fight for justice and compensation, so that you can concentrate on healing. Call us anytime day or night, 1-800-560-5059 or visit us online to fill out a free, no obligation consultation form.
Our lawyers at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene will always regret hearing about accidents involving pedestrians. It is even more heartbreaking when those pedestrians are children. Traffic signals, stop signs and crosswalks were created to keep those traveling on the roadways safe. Drivers who choose to operate a vehicle and endanger innocent citizens by neglecting the rules of the road will likely face harsh penalties, like the suspect charged earlier this week.
Agustin Morales was sentenced to a year behind bars, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. Morales fatally struck Juan Andres Ruiz, 3, while he was walking alongside his mother and her baby, on their way to the school bus. According to officials, Morales may have rolled past a stop sign and then into a bike lane. Ruiz died on the way to the hospital after becoming pinned under Morales vehicle and sustaining critical injuries.
Our thoughts are with Juan Andres Ruiz’s family in this difficult time. No amount of financial compensation can fill the void of losing a child in a horrific crash, however we believe it is one of the ways families are able to move forward, gain closure and heal. If you find yourself needing legal guidance or answers to questions after a crash, please give us a call anytime, day or night at 1-800-560-5059. You can also visit us online to fill out an initial consultation form, without any obligation.