Four Killed and Nine Injured in Chicano Park Tragedy
Tragedy struck in San Diego this weekend, when a vehicle went over the guardrail of the Coronado Bridge and fell into a crowd in the park below, killing four people and injuring nine.
Chicano Park had been playing host to a festival that marked the end of the La Raza Run, a motorcycle ride through the local area and ends with a celebration at the park. Attendees had been enjoying music on the main stage and a party like atmosphere when the festivities came to a grinding halt as a truck driven by 24-year-old Navy Sailor, Richard Anthony Sepolio flew from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge above and landed his late model GMC pickup truck on a group of people below.
According to witnesses, the pickup truck driven by Sepolio leapt over the guardrail, cleared the music stage and landed nose first on a vendor’s tent occupied by a group of people. In the end, four people were killed and nine seriously injured.
The deaths included two individuals from Chandler, Arizona – a 62-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman, as well as two individuals from Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles Conty – a 59-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman.
Onlookers acted quickly to help those directly involved in the accident.
The driver of the truck was stationed at the naval base on Coronado Island. He was taken to the hospital for his injuries and then arrested on four counts of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. Naval Base administration is fully cooperating with police in this matter.
The La Raza Run being a motorcycle event, hurts a community that we are deeply connected with. As advocates for motorcyclists, we see first hand the dangers of riding. But, when catastrophy strikes the community and it has nothing to do with the dangers of riding, it is a particularly painful reminder of the fragility of life. Our hearts go out to the riders, friends and family of those lost this weekend. We have always been there for riders when they go down, and we are here for you now. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you at this time.
Drunk Driving Accidents – Deaths and Injuries
Alcohol and driving have never mixed. If your loved one has been injured or killed by someone who had been operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol, there is no excuse for that decision. What you may not know, is that justice can not only be sought in the criminal court system, but also in the civil court system.
In cases like this, the District Attorney will pursue criminal charges against Mr. Sepolio for what he has done. In addition to the criminal charges being pressed, family members can additionally seek civil action against the negligent party to hold them financially responsible for the damage they have done. If you are looking to seek financial restitution for the loss of a loved one, the wrongful death attorneys at TorkLaw can help you obtain the justice you seek. While no amount of many can bring your loved one back, knowing their death has brought your family financial security can help you to begin your new life without them.
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