In a rare California DUI accident, a drunken pickup truck driver collided with a drunken bicyclist near Redwood City. This odd story highlights the dangers of both driving and biking while under the influence.
“In my five-and-a-half years on this job, I have not seen this situation before,” California Highway Patrol Officer Amelia Jack said.
“Not that it doesn’t happen, but I’ve never had (a case where both drivers are drunk), especially with one being a bicyclist and one being a car.”
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Jose Luna, 40, of Redwood City was turning at an intersection when he struck bicyclist Alejandro Chavez, 31, of Redwood City, at about 11 p.m. on June 18.
Chavez, who had been riding against traffic, was wearing dark clothing and did not have a helmet or the required lights. He was thrown from his bicycle during the accident and suffered serious injuries, including a broken back and leg, the CHP said. He was also cited for bicycling under the influence of alcohol.
According to the CHP, Luna failed a California field sobriety test, and blood work from the hospital showed Chavez’s BAC was over the legal limit.
Luna was subsequently charged with California DUI in San Mateo County Superior Court. Because court documents show he has a prior DUI conviction, he will likely face increased fines and penalties.
If you or someone you know has been arrested for driving under the influence in California, it is imperative to consult with an experienced California DUI attorney.