Caleb Powell Murrieta and Blake Gaston Murrieta : Caleb Powell and Blake Gaston Injured In Temecula Car Accident With Drunk Driver In BMW 328i
TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA (June 4, 2019) – A young woman identified as Lily Kelly Harrison was killed and two other people identified as Caleb Powell and Blake Gaston were seriously injured in a head-on car accident on Rancho California Road.
Temcula police are saying that Lily Kelly Harrison, Caleb Powell and Blake Gaston were hit head-on by a BMW driver suspected of DUI. The BMW driver was traveling over 55 mph on Rancho California Road.
The BMW driver lost control of his car and allowed it to drift into the opposing lanes of traffic. Police and paramedics rushed to the scene in order to help the victims. Blake Gaston was driving the Toyota that was hit and had to undergo surgery for brain bleed.
Caleb Powell sustained multiple fractures to his arm and despite life-saving efforts Lily Kelly Harrison died due to her injuries. The driver of the BMW has been charged with felony DUI.
You can help the family of Lily Kelly Harrison by donating to their Go Fund Me page.
Liability In DUI Accidents
It is a felony to drive under the influence and cause an accident that results in bodily injury. According to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Still, millions of people choose to drink and drive every year.
It has been estimated that nearly 40% of fatal car accidents involve an intoxicated driver. In many circumstances, drivers will operate their vehicle intoxicated dozens of times before they are finally caught. People often misjudge their ability to driver safely and gain more confidence the more that they drink and drive. However, even before a person is legally impaired with a BAC of 0.08 alcohol will begin to erode their ability to drive safely.
Any person that is injured in car accident may have the ability to file a bodily injury claim for damages. Damages can help cover medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations for pursuing a claim, so it’s important to be proactive.
Getting Help After A DUI Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to all of the victims of this horrific accident and their families. Lily Kelly Harrison, Caleb Powell and Blake Gaston deserve justice for what has happened. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to the CHP as they continue to investigate.
If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.