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UPDATE: Tui Tofa Talia Killed, Samantha Loseana Hola Injured In Isleton DUI Car Accident On Highway 12 By The Mokelumne River Bridge

Nov 6, 2019

Tui Talia Sacramento: University of Oregon Football Player Tui Tofa Talia of Sacramento Killed, Samantha Loseana Hola Injured In Isleton DUI Car Accident On Highway 12 By The Mokelumne River Bridge In Sacramento County

 SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (November 6, 2019) – A 25-year-old University of Oregon player identified as Tui Tofa Talia has tragically died and Samantha Loseana Hola was injured in a DUI car accident on Highway 12 not far from  the Mokelumne River Bridge In Sacramento County. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place around 4:00 a.m. near Terminous. Tui Tofa Talia and Samantha Loseana Hola were both passengers in a 2012 Chevrolet. 

For reasons that remain under investigation the car drifted off the shoulder of the road before hitting a lamp post. Both Samantha Loseana Hola and Tui Tofa Talia were ejected.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. Despite life-saving measures Tui Tofa Talia tragically died due to his injuries. 

The 19-year-old driver of the Chevy was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Police later discovered she was supplied alcohol by the Cinch Bar.

A bartender at the Cinch Bar in Sacramento has since been arrested for allegedly giving alcohol to a minor. A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time. 

Bar Liability In Sacramento County DUI Car Accidents

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “About a quarter of car crashes with teens involve an underage drinking driver. Ninety-five percent of the 14 million people who are alcohol dependent began drinking before the legal age of 21.” Even a moderate amount of alcohol of 0.05% – below the legal limit – can substantially impair a person’s ability to drive safely. Here are just a few of the effects of a alcohol on driving:

  • Lowered alertness
  • Impaired judgement
  • Difficulty steering 
  • Reduced coordination

It’s not just dangerous to drink and drive, it’s against the law. According to California Civil 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.” What many people don’t realize is that liability for a DUI accident may extend beyond an intoxicated driver.

A business owner or bar may be liable for a DUI car accident if they provided  alcohol to an “obviously intoxicated minor.” According to California Business and Professional Code 25602.1, “a cause of action may be brought by or on behalf of any person who has suffered injury or death against any person licensed, or required to be licensed, pursuant to Section 23300, or any person authorized by the federal government to sell alcoholic beverages on a military base or other federal enclave, who sells, furnishes, gives or causes to be sold, furnished or given away any alcoholic beverage, and any other person who sells, or causes to be sold, any alcoholic beverage, to any obviously intoxicated minor where the furnishing, sale or giving of that beverage to the minor is the proximate cause of the personal injury or death sustained by that person.” It’s important that evidence is collected and preserved after an accident. 

The family of any victim that died in a DUI car accident may have legal recourse through California Code of Civil Procedure 377.60. Damages in a civil claim can help with funeral expenses, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse, children, parents and siblings. Bars will often fight vigorously to try and deny liability for DUI accidents. A wrongful death attorney can examine the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are. 

Investigating A DUI Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Tui Tofa Talia. The University of Oregon lost an exceptional player and the world lost a wonderful person. We also sincerely hope that Samantha Loseana Hola is able to make a full recovery. It is truly disgraceful that a bar would allegedly serve alcohol to a minor. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. 

If you or someone that you care about has been injured in a car accident there are are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about California Business and Professional Code 25602.1 or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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