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Tragic Riverside drunken driving accident rivets nation

The message has been delivered in a variety of ways over the years, but its core is always the same: do not drink and drive. While most people understand that drunken driving is one of the major causes of car accidents that result in fatalities and injuries, some cannot grasp the point or change their dangerous behavior.

One of the more poignant examples of the dangers of drunken driving occurred in Riverside just two days before Father's Day, when an allegedly intoxicated woman backed her car over her own father as he pleaded with her not to drive drunk.

The tragedy made national headlines.

According to Riverside police officers, witnesses said the 37-year-old woman had been drinking Friday at the family home in the Canyon Crest area. She and family members had been arguing.

Upset, the woman decided to leave her parents' Bush Avenue home in her BMW convertible.

Her 69-year-old father reportedly asked her not to drive while she was inebriated. When she climbed behind the wheel of her car despite his pleas, he stationed himself behind the vehicle to prevent her from backing out of the garage.

According to media reports, she put the vehicle into reverse without realizing where he was and backed up over her father. He died of his injuries.

She was arrested for gross vehicle manslaughter.

According to more than one report, when she realized what she had done, she was visibly distraught, sobbing heavily as police led her away in handcuffs.

For those who lose loved ones or are themselves injured in a car accident caused by a drunken driver, seeing driver remorse can be an important part of the healing process, just as seeking justice and compensation can be crucial parts of the process as well. An experienced attorney can help accident victims pursue what they need to help them heal. 

Source: The Press Enterprise, "Dad trying to stop drinking daughter from driving run over, killed," Brian Rokos, June 13, 2014

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