According to a report by the Ventura County Star, Alayna Monroe appeared in court or an arraignment related to a New Year’s Day crash that resulted in a fatality and several injuries. The court continued her arraignment until March 23. Monroe faces a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two other charges related to bodily injury.

On the morning of January 1 just after two o’clock, police allege that Monroe was driving south on Sycamore Drive with her wife, Los Angeles police officer Heather Monroe, when she ran a red light at the intersection with Cochran Street colliding with another vehicle. Monroe’s wife was killed because of injuries sustained in the crash. The driver and the passenger in the other vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Even though Monroe is currently out of jail on a $50,000 bond, the judge in her case imposed other conditions. She is prohibited from driving a motor vehicle; may not possess or consume alcohol; must submit to tests and searches; cannot leave the state without permission; and, she cannot visit an establishment where alcohol is the main item for sale. If Monroe is convicted of the pending criminal charges, she could face six years in prison.

Drinking and Driving is a Crime

In California and all other states, driving while under the influence of or impaired by alcohol is a criminal act. Under California law, the legal limit is a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher. The legal limit for commercial drivers is .04 percent or higher and the limit for drivers under 21 years of age is .01 percent.

You would assume with the intense social pressure and media coverage of drunk driving accidents that people would find alternative forms of transportation if they enjoy alcoholic beverages. The Central California Valley area has numerous choices for public transportation making it easier for people who have consumed a bit too much alcohol to get home safely. Unfortunately, some people still choose to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle even though they know the criminal penalties for drunk driving and the potential for loss of life in a DUI accident.

Even when you do the right thing, others don’t. When a drunk driver causes an accident, that driver should be held responsible for the damages caused by the accident in addition to facing criminal charges imposed by law. Being convicted of drunk driving is only one side of the matter.  The driver should also be required to compensate accident victims and their families who are hurt because of the driver’s negligent and reckless actions.

To receive compensation in a Fresno drunk driving accident, you must file a personal injury claim against the driver and any other party responsible for the crash. A Fresno personal injury attorney can help you obtain the evidence you need to prove the drunk driver is responsible for the crash. Your attorney will also fight the driver’s insurance company for full compensation for your damages.

Call a Fresno Personal Injury Attorney for Help

If you have been injured in a Fresno drunk driving accident, we want to help. Call Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 or use the contact form on our website to request a free case evaluation and free legal consultation with an experienced Fresno personal injury attorney.