Modesto DUI Driver Facing Murder Charges
I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto car accident lawyer. A single-vehicle accident reportedly caused by a Modesto driver, claimed the lives of two passengers on the night of February 22, 2018. Prosecutors have filed two murder charges against the driver due to evidence of their prior convictions.
I would like to send the friends and family of the two parties my sincere condolences as they cope with the loss of their loved ones.
Fatal Accident Details
A 28-year-old Modesto man, Alfonzo Rodriguez-Quintana, was behind the wheel of his 2002 Dodge pickup truck traveling along Sylvan Avenue on February 22, 2018. Rodriguez-Quintana reportedly lost control of his vehicle due to his level of intoxication and collided with a tree near McHenry Avenue and Bridgeford Lane at 12:30 am that night. The impact of the collision caused the truck to catch fire, entrapping Rodriguez-Quintana and his two passengers inside. Rodriguez-Quintana was able to exit the vehicle on his own before the arrival of emergency personnel. Unfortunately, the two passengers did not make it out of the burning vehicle and suffered fatal injuries at the scene.
Prosecutor Files Murder Charges
Alfonzo Rodriguez-Quintana was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail following his release from hospitalization for minor injuries. He has been charged with giving false information to a police officer, driving without a valid driver’s license, driving under the influence and two counts of vehicular manslaughter. The district attorney’s office later added two counts of murder due to his prior convictions. He is currently being held on a $2 million bail.
Identity of Victims
The Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office has identified one of the two passengers as 29-year-old Michael Perez of Modesto. The identity of the other passenger remains undisclosed.
DUI Accidents and Liability
Driving while under the influence of intoxicants is illegal under California Vehicle Code 23152(a). Those found driving under the influence of an intoxicant in an auto accident are considered negligent and can be held liable for all incurred damages, including wrongful death. A family of a descendant may file a wrongful death claim against a DUI driver for the following damages:
- Funeral Expenses
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Future Financial Support
- Pain and Suffering
- Punitive Damages
Loved One Forever Remembered
Michael Perez was a beloved member of his family. He was known for his passion for life. Many said he left a lasting impression on anyone he met. A GoFundMe account has been created by the loved ones of Michael Perez to cover the expenses of his funeral.
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