Drink, Gavel and Keys

According to the United States Department of Transportation, every 2 hours, three people are killed in alcohol-related highway crashes. With an approximate 4 million U.S. adults driving under the influence of alcohol each year, 112 million  “alcohol-impaired driving episodes” occur—ranging from mild to fatal. Male drivers account for 81% of these incidents.  At Berkowitz and Hanna LLC, the list of verdicts for cases involving personal injury due to auto accidents is long, and DUI-related accidents often top the list.

The firm recently heard about a fairly high profile DUI case reported in the LA Times, in which former Murrieta, California Mayor Alan Long is being sued by four high school cheerleaders for crashing into them while he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

On October 16, 2014, Melissa Reynolds, Chloe and Camille Rogers and Adrienna Williams (aged 14-17) were heading home after a pep rally when Mayor Alan Long drove into their Chrysler 300, totaling it and causing injury to the four girls. Melissa Reynolds suffered a broken neck and is bedridden.  Long showed  “signs and symptoms consistent with alcohol impairment,” according to police on the scene.

The former mayor issued a public apology to the girls and subsequently resigned as mayor. However, he later won a reelection bid and now holds a seat on the Murietta City Council. The girls allege that they are being harassed and attacked on social media by supporters of the former mayor. The case is still pending trial, notes Berkowitz and Hanna LLC.

Note: Berkowitz and Hanna LLC did not represent any of the parties in this case.

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