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Remember last year’s deadly Labor Day fire on the boat named Conception?  A federal grand jury finally indicted its captain, Jerry Boylan, age 67, on 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter.   Of the 34 wrongful deaths, 33 were passengers; one was a member of the crew.  This disaster that occurred on September 2, 2019, during Labor Day weekend, is regarded as one of the worst maritime disasters in recent U.S. maritime history.

If convicted of this crime, Captain Boylan faces up to ten (10) years in prison for each count of seaman’s manslaughter.  However, in such multiple counts, convicted defendants have usually served much less time in prison.

Meanwhile, the boat’s owner, reportedly Glen Fritzler and his company, Truth Aquatics, have been the object of investigations by multiple government agencies that commenced shortly after the boat burned and sank.

On Thursday, October 22, 2020, DUI and manslaughter charges were filed as a result of the August 22, 2020, crash involving vehicles operated by Issac Valentino De Luna and  decedent, Ben Romayor.

Reportedly, at about 6:30 a.m., on August 22, 2020, a  2017 BMW car allegedly driven by Issac Valentino De Luna, age 20, collided head on with a 1995 Ford vehicle, driven by Ben Romayor, age 68, on Harris Grade Road, south of Burton Mesa Boulevard, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Kelly Valdez.   This was an alcohol involved vehicle crash that resulted in the wrongful death of vehicle operator, Ben Romayor.

The other driver, Issac Valentino De Luna, from Lompoc, was charged with DUI and manslaughter charges, that is driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury or death to another, and driving while having a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or more, causing injury or death to another, according to Santa Barbara County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mag Nicola.

Motorcycle accident collisions often result in the most serious or catastrophic injuries, sometimes even wrongful death as occurred at about 3:20 pm, Monday, October 12, 2020, when motorcyclist Arthur Maloles was involved in a collision with a SUV in Torrance California.

On Tuesday, authorities from the Coroner’s office and the Torrance Police Department identified the deceased motorcyclist as Arthur Maloles, age 44, of Winnetka, California.  Mr. Maloles apparently died at the scene of the collision, located at Hawthorne and Lomita Boulevards, in Torrance.

It was reported that Mr. Maloles was travelling on a motorcycle northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, near Lomita Boulevard, when a Ford Escape vehicle, allegedly traveling southbound on Hawthorne Boulevard made a left turn in front of Mr. Maloles, causing Mr. Maloles and the motorcycle he was operating to collide with the Ford Escape vehicle, according to Sgt. Alexander Martinez of the Torrance Police Department.

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Celebrity Tattoo Artist Enters Plea for DUI Crash That Killed YouTube Star

Earlier this year, celebrity tattoo artist Daniel Joseph Silva caused a deadly crash after driving under the influence. Silva, known for his appearance on the reality T.V. show “Ink Master,” was driving his McLaren at high speeds when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle flew off the road and crashed into a stop sign.

The passenger in the car was 25-year-old YouTube star Corey La Barrie. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Because Silva was under the influence of alcohol when the crash occurred, he faced criminal charges for La Barrie’s death. KTLA News reported that Silva entered a no contest plea “to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter…[and] no faces up to four years in prison…”

Fatal Los Angeles Car Crash at L&E Oyster Bar

Fatal Los Angeles Car Crash at L&E Oyster Bar

A recent Los Angeles car crash ended with one dead, four injured and a seriously damaged restaurant. According to Eater, “A vehicle hit a motorcyclist near the intersection of Silver Lake Boulevard and Effie Street, overturning the car and completely sheering the tree in front, killing one unidentified person and injuring several others.” One employee of L&E Oyster Bar was uninjured and upstairs when the fatal car crash happened and worked to attempt to put out some of the flames.

Los Angeles is slowly re-opening and while restaurant car crashes are not normal, deadly car accidents happen all the time in LA and throughout the country and we will likely see an increase in them as more people get back on the roads. Here’s a look at some of the questions that can surround a Los Angeles fatal car crash like this:

Despite the Covid-19 lockdowns and the fact that more people are staying home, as opposed to out on the roads, there are still car accidents throughout the greater Los Angeles area. If you are involved in a Los Angeles car accident, you need an attorney who can help you right away, as there important things that must be done to help you obtain the best result on your personal injury case.

Some attorneys have completely closed their offices during this Covid lockdown and cannot fully help a new injured client. They may not be responding to calls, texts or emails and waiting until everything is back to normal. In our California personal injury law firm, we understand what injured people are going through and we are doing our best to help all of our new and existing clients with everything they need, despite all the hurdles presented by Covid.

Fortunately, with the technology we have available, it is not necessary to come in to our physical office in order for us to help you. We can call, text, email, Google Meet, Zoom, etc. with any of our potential clients or current clients. Our law firm is fully functional and able to handle all of our clients’ needs, from helping them get their cars repaired, to helping them find the right medical providers, to filing documents with the courts, resolving cases and getting our clients paid as quickly and as much as possible. We know that many of our clients need the money from their case more than ever now and we have successfully resolved many difficult cases during Covid. If you are injured, do not wait until the pandemic is over, call us right away so we can advise you on what to do to protect your rights.

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against Glendale Nursing Home for COVID-19 Death

Wrongful Death Claim Filed Against Glendale Nursing Home for COVID-19 Death

The effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus have been tragic worldwide. Millions have died from the virus, and it has been especially deadly for those older than 65. The virus spreads so easily and quickly, especially in places with large groups, and so many older people in nursing homes have been particularly at risk. Sadly, coronavirus has devastated many nursing homes throughout the country.

Recently, a family brought a wrongful death claim against a Glendale nursing home after their loved one died from coronavirus. ABC 7 News reported that 77-year-old Ricardo Saldana contracted COVID-19 at the Glenhaven Healthcare nursing home and passed away because of the virus. Saldana’s children claim that the nursing home was negligent in handling the coronavirus outbreak.

Families of Kobe Helicopter Crash Victims Sue for Wrongful Death

Families of Kobe Helicopter Crash Victims Sue for Wrongful Death

Earlier this year the world was shocked by the news that basketball star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, were killed in a tragic helicopter accident in Calabasas. The tragedy hit particularly hard for Southern Californians, as Bryant played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 20 seasons.

The crash occurred on the morning of January 26, 2020–Bryant was traveling to a basketball game with his daughter and eight others. These passengers and the pilot were also killed in the crash. The exact cause of the crash is still being investigated, though foggy weather conditions are thought to have contributed to the accident.  Now, the surviving family members of these victims are bringing a Los Angeles wrongful death suit against the owner of the helicopter, Island Express Helicopters.

We are accepting new car accident, truck accident and motorcycle injury accidents that occurred in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley and California

During these uncertain and difficult times caused by the coronavirus (sometimes called COVID-19) pandemic, we must stick together and help each other.   While social distancing, washing hands frequently with warm water and soap, and avoiding any group gatherings are critical, we know that clients, former clients, friends and members of our Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley and California communities may be involved in injury accidents.    As a result we are continuing our mission to provide legal guidance, assistance and protection to victims of injury accidents who need immediate guidance, including in finding medical care (without worry of payment), investigation of the circumstances of the incident with preservation of evidence, and legal representation.

If you were involved in any collision involving a car, truck, motorcycle, bus or bicycle accident, or a pedestrian hit by a car or truck, please contact us now for an absolutely FREE consultation and case evaluation.

San Jacinto Dairy Worker Dies in Machinery Accident

San Jacinto Dairy Worker Dies in Machinery Accident

Recently, the Press Enterprise reported that a worker died in an accident at Cottonwood Dairy in San Jacinto in Riverside County. According to the report, the worker died after being crushed by large farm equipment while working. Emergency personnel were called to the scene and found the worker “ ‘in full arrest’ a term used when someone’s heart has stopped.” Sadly, the worker could not be resuscitated and died at the scene.

Losing a loved one while they are working is extremely difficult. Families who have lost loved ones not only have to suffer emotionally from the loss of their loved one, but also often face serious worries about their financial situation because they no longer have the income provided by that family member. Worries about finances can make the loss even harder to bear. If you have lost a loved one while they were on the job, it is important to know that you deserve to be compensated for your loss and financial recovery may be available in your situation. It is a good idea to contact a skilled San Jacinto wrongful death attorney who can talk to you about available options.

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