A sailor in the U.S. Navy was sentenced to five years of probation after she caused a wrong-way crash on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge while under the influence of alcohol.
The 24-year-old woman was driving a white Ford Fusion past the toll plaza at the beginning of the bridge at approximately 4 a.m. on March 27. By the time police officers caught up with her, she had already slammed head-on into a Ford F-150 truck, about 300 yards past the toll. A third vehicle, a Dodge Ram pickup, was also traveling on the bridge, when it was struck by the F-150. The driver of the Dodge suffered moderate injuries and had to be treated at UC-San Diego Medical Center, while the driver of the Ford suffered several broken ribs and a swollen heart.
Traffic on the bridge was held up for several hours as officers from the California Highway Patrol and the Coronado police investigated the accident. The woman pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a measurable blood alcohol content causing injury. She was sentenced to five years in probation and 365 days in custody with an authorized work furlough.
Drunk driving is a serious offense
Driving after having too much to drink is incredibly negligent. When an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel and causes a car accident, he or she could face felony criminal charges. In addition to that, the victims of a crash may seek compensation in the form of a personal injury lawsuit. If that individual has been convicted of drunk driving, plaintiffs may find it relatively easy to prove the driver was negligent leading up to the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a drunk driving crash, you may seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages. Consult a trusted San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire for more information and guidance.