On October 15, 2016, at approximately 3:30 p.m. the driver of the GMC pick-up truck was traveling on San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge when he lost control and flew off the highway interchange. The almost 3 ton vehicle plummeted 60 feet down to the Chicano Park below. (News Source: http://www.cbs8.com/story/33399356/four-killed-nine-injured-after-truck-plunges-off-coronado-bridge)
At that time the Vatos Y Viclas, a motorcycle magazine, was holding an event in the Chicano Park below called the La Raza Run. The event, which typically draws hundreds of participants, was in full swing when the driver of the GMC pick-up truck lost control and plunged down onto the unsuspecting crowed.
One of the attendees of the event, Chase Dameron told the San Diego Union-Tribune “I saw a truck come right off the freeway. It was going so fast it flew over the stage and landed in front of the stage on a tent, a booth that was set up.” There were four people in that booth, two men and two women, when the vehicle came crashing down. The videos which are circulating in the local news and social media show the immediate aftermath of the accident, panic and chaos. Bystanders attempted to lift the mangled car off the injured, but despite the best efforts of the good Samaritans and the emergency personal that arrived on the scene, the four people that were in that booth have died.
In addition to this terrible loss of life, nine others were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries, ranging from bone fractures to severe lacerations.
The driver of the GMC pick-up truck, a 24-year-old Richard Anthony Sepolio, also sustained serious injuries and was transported to UCSD Medical Center. When his blood was collected by the hospital staff it has determined that Mr. Sepolio was been driving under the influence when the collision occurred. Mr. Sepolio has been arraigned on a number of charges and is now facing a 24 year prison sentence, if convicted.
In the recent days, the family and friends of those that passed as a result of this tragic incident have been holding vigils at the accident site. Gofundme.com pages have also been set up to help with the funeral expenses.
At this time, when the families of those that have died are left to plead with the public to donate to help with burial expenses, and when those that are catastrophically injured continue to accumulate medical expenses – it is critical to preserve their legal rights against all responsible parties.
Obtaining legal representation, this early in the process, will give you a piece of mind knowing that someone is working diligently to make sure that all those that are responsible will be held financially accountable.
There are not enough things that can be said about the importance of getting an attorney as soon as you can after the collision. In this case, it is even more critical that you retain the services of an experienced, diligent, and competent lawyer.
If you or your loved one has been injured in this accident, or if your loved one has died as a result of this tragic collision contact our office TODAY for a free consultation. Remember, there is not fee until we win your case!