Lincoln HS Football Hero Killed by Drunk Driver in Stockton
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. A Lincoln High School senior was killed on Friday by a drunk driver close to the Weberstown Mall in Stockton on Pacific Avenue. The football player was due to play in a game that evening against Golden Valley High School.
Details of the Accident
The accident on Pacific Avenue involved three vehicles, one of which broadsided the BMW the senior, Cameron Allison, was riding in. That vehicle was driven by an alleged drunk driver, Anthony Calderon, 31. Calderon was taken into custody and taken to the county jail in French Camp. He is facing charges of felony DUI.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Cameron Allison who mourn his loss.
On Friday night, Allison’s team members fought to secure an impressive win against Golden Valley by a score of 45 to 14 in honor of their fallen classmate. The next day, hundreds of people, including students of Lincoln High School, turned out to grieve and offer each other support in a vigil on the site where the young man lost his life. The Lincoln High School football team is sponsoring a car wash later in the weekend to help the family deal with funeral costs.
Loss of Life Due to Drunk Driving
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk drivers kill an average of 28 individuals daily. This is approximately one death each hour. Even though the numbers are lower than they were in the past, approximately 13,000 lose their lives due to someone who chooses to drink and drive.
Blood Concentration of Alcoholic Substances
After a drink, alcohol is quickly absorbed from the stomach and intestine, entering the bloodstream. It remains there until the liver is able to break it down, metabolizing it. The blood content of alcohol is easily measured using a Breathalyzer or directly measuring it in the blood.
This concentration is used by law enforcement to determine if the level indicates that the person is legally intoxicated. Driving with a BAC level at or above 0.08 is considered drunk driving if the driver is 21 or older. Drivers under 21 are considered to be inebriated if their blood level is 0.01 percent due to California’s zero tolerance laws. Commercial drivers cannot have a BAC level at or higher than 0.04 percent to be considered sober.
How Do Alcoholic Beverages Affect Behavior
The amount of alcohol one drinks changes the effect it will have. For instance, a BAC of 0.02 percent causes visual impairment resulting in difficulty in tracking an object that is moving rapidly and doing two things at the same time. At 0.05 percent, a driver would have problems steering his or her vehicle and a diminished response to emergency conditions. By the time the legal limit is reached, the driver’s concentration and memory, particularly short term, is reduced, and perceptual ability is affected. Past the legal limit, the driver has problems staying in his or her lane of traffic and braking.
How to Prevent Drunk Driving
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers ways that drunk drivers can be kept off the road.
- Active enforcement of drunk driving laws nationwide
- Use of DUI checkpoints
- Use of ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers
- Require mandatory alcohol abuse assessment and treatment if needed
- Lower the BAC level to 0.05 percent
- Institute testing for alcohol in all accidents with injury
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Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento wrongful death lawyer. When someone in your family is killed by the negligence of a drunk driver, you are affected by an onslaught of emotional and financial trauma. No one is prepared to lose someone they love like this. If this has happened to your family, I am available to offer you friendly advice that is free of charge. Just call me at (916) 921-6400 or outside the area at (800) 404-5400.
Since 1982 when I began practicing in California, I’ve helped numerous Northern Californians protect their rights, including those in Sacramento, who experienced traumatic injuries, brain injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.
If you want to learn how I resolved previous client cases, go to my verdicts and settlements page. There prior cases and their verdicts or settlements are listed.
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is a group that admits only trial lawyers who have won verdicts or settlements of $1 million or more. I am a California member of this group.
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