A San Pablo, California motorcyclist was killed in a motorcycle accident last Wednesday evening, April 7, when a drunk driver illegally turned in front of him on the road.
The drunk driver fled the scene and his truck, leaving the rider dead and stuck under his running vehicle on the street. The driver, who fled by foot to his home, was found by police later that night and admitted he had hit the victim and ran because he had been drinking that night.
While vehicular accidents and DUI crimes are always serious, the emotion behind this case is further escalated due to its surrounding circumstances. First, the drunk driver has a history of such illegal behavior, having been convicted of a DUI merely 2 months ago and driving with a suspended license.
Second, the crash victim, in fact, was responsible enough to be wearing a helmet and was on his way home from his evening bible study. He was close enough to the church when the accident occurred that his fellow church members could hear the crash. They rushed to the scene of the accident and found the victim, their friend, face down on the pavement. Unfortunately, their prayers were unable to save him.
Adding to the tragedy, too, is that the 35-year-old victim was training to be a firefighter in the community. He was a man of faith, dedicated to helping his community and leaves a 3 year-old-daughter behind to deal with the tragic loss of her father.
The DUI suspect and his attorney fight charges of driving under the influence, felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. He is being currently held on $200,000 bail and is lucky to receive prayers from the victim’s generous church members despite his fatal mistake that took the valuable life of their friend.