Hit-And-Run Driver Arrested After Breaching UCI Road World Championship Security Lines

27-year-old Michael Sciolino is now facing several criminal charges after he entered the UCI Road World Championship course under the influence of alcohol or some other intoxicating substance. Police stated that Sciolino drove his Chevrolet Camaro into the course that ignited a short-lived high-speed chase. Sciolino was able to evade police at the intersection of Robin Hood Road and North Boulevard. After he had collided with a barricade on Davis Avenue, Sciolino proceeded to drive erratic until he came to a final stop. The whole situation was over in about five minutes.

Authorities are not sure why Sciolino drove onto the course despite the heavy presence of police and roadblocks. Sciolino confessed that he wasn’t under the influence of alcohol but an unknown substance. Police are now waiting on the result of the toxicology test.

Richmond Police have charged Sciolino with felony eluding, hit-and-run, resisting arrest and DUI. Sciolino’s record show’s that he had been arrested for DUI and various traffic offenses in the past. His court date had been sent for Monday morning.

Being charged with DUI in Richmond can be a devastating and undesired event for anyone. With the help of our dedicated Richmond DUI attorney, you don’t have to face your DUI alone.

High-Speed Chase Ends After San Bernardino Sheriff Deputies Shoot And Killed Suspect

Friday afternoon San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies shot a suspect who was driving in the wrong way on the 215 Freeway.  County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 32-year-old Fontana resident Nicholas Johnson.

The ordeal all started when police identified the suspects vehicle and tried to conduct a traffic stop around 12:50 p.m. The suspect was wanting in relation to a prior home-invasion robbery that took place in Fontana.

Authorities chased the suspects Chevrolet Tahoe through streets in San Bernardino and Fontana before heading in the wrong was lanes of the 215 Freeway.  By this point, the suspect had a close call and sideswiped another vehicle.

Sheriff’s Deputy Olivia Bozek stated that the chase reached speeds as high as 100 mph. Deputies inside a sheriff’s helicopter followed the suspect by air when they realized the man was threatening the safety of the public and began to fire rounds at his vehicle.

The suspect then bailed out of the moving vehicle, which crashed head-on into another driver, and finally collapsed on the side of the road.  It was confirmed that the 32-year-old suspect had taken gunfire, but authorities were uncertain if they caused his death.

Accidents can occur without any notice or any way to predict them. If you have been involved in a car accident in San Bernardino, contact our dedicated personal injury attorneys in San Bernardino today.

Car Crash In San Diego Sends Woman To Prison For 6 Years

A San Diego woman was texting and talking on her cell phone just before her Prius collided into the back of an idling car on an Orange County freeway, killing 23-year-old Deanna Mauer. Jorene Ypano Nicolas was sentenced Friday to six years in solitary confinement.

“The thought of you not being with your daughter is killing me every day,” she said. “From the bottom of my heart, from the bottom of my pain, I’m sorry you can’t physically be with your daughter anymore.”

Nicolas claimed she wanted to check on the victim and attempt to revive her with CPR, but was ordered to stand back because of the risk of injury to the victim’s spine. This account was later contradicted by the testimony of several witnesses according to Orange County Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker.

But Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven Bromberg wasn’t convinced by the apology. He imposed the maximum term under the law on the 32-year-old defendant, saying that her lack of remorse was “deafening.”

The judge said her crime was more severe due to the fatality not being caused by mental or physical impairment, mere ignorance and negligence, a choice to text while driving.

“I came here every day to fight for my daughter because you kept blaming her” for causing the crash, she said.

Regarding the defendant’s mournful goodbye to her daughter when she was placed into custody following the verdict, Dawn Mauer said, “You killed my daughter. I didn’t get to say goodbye to her and hug her… You not only killed my daughter, but you killed me and took my life. She was the other half of myself.”

Nicolas sent 13 text messages in the 15 minutes prior to the crash on the San Diego 405 Freeway and then answered a phone call just before the impact, according to Walker.

“An Event Data Recorder, also known informally as a “black box”, in Nicolas’ 2006 Prius indicated she was driving 85 mph at the time of the 10:58 a.m. collision,” the prosecutor said.

“From 10:42 a.m. until 10:56 a.m., there’s a record of the defendant sending 13 text messages. At 10:57 a.m., records indicate she took a call,” according to Walker.

“She’s doing this actively, not paying attention, driving 20 miles per hour over the limit,” Walker said, telling jurors that northbound traffic ahead had come to a halt due to another collision.

A witness reported to investigators that Nicolas did not attempt to help Mauer but instead went back to her vehicle to grab her cellphone and make calls, Walker said.

Nicolas claims that Mauer was the one responsible for the crash.

“She veered into my lane, so I avoided her and I hit the center divider,” Nicolas told reporters last year after her first trial. “I tried to avoid her and her car spun out and hit the center divider.”

Mrs. Mauer will continue life without her beloved daughter who was taken from her due to negligence and ignorance of another driver.

If you or a family member have been in a car accident in San Diego, speaking with an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney will allow you to gain insight on your accident regarding your entitlement to legal compensation from a free legal consultation.

Do not hesitate to contact the law office of Guldjian Law APC due to not being a resident of San Diego, Guldjian Law has been successful in acquiring a settlement for clients located in Carlsbad, Chula Vista, El Cajon, and La Jolla.

Washington State Lawmakers Attempting To Make 4th DUI a Felony

Washington state lawmakers are attempting to change the state’s DUI laws so that a 4th DUI conviction within a 10-year period would be a felony.  Current DUI laws make a 5th DUI conviction within 10 years a felony charge.

Sen. Mike Padden has introduced Senate Bill 5105 which will be before the Senate Law and Justice Committee this year.  There have been discussions in previous years to lower the felony DUI threshold, but they never materialized into law because of concerns over the cost of housing additional DUI felons.

However, after having family members of victims killed by drunk drivers speak at public hearings, lawmakers believe they have enough support to change the felony DUI laws in Washington.  Currently, neighboring states Oregon and Idaho have DUI laws that make a 3rd DUI conviction a felony.

Being arrested for criminal DUI in Seattle can have life-changing consequences, especially if you’ve been convicted previously and face felony DUI charges.  The Seattle criminal defense attorneys at Dellino Law Group represent clients arrested for DUI in the Seattle area.

Suspected DUI Driver Runs Through 8 Bicyclist Group in San Diego

Tuesday night, a group of cyclist were riding on Fiesta Island when a suspected DUI driver plowed straight through a group of twenty cyclists.  A total of eight out of twenty bicyclists were injured from the collision caused by 49-year-old Theresa Owens.  The accident occurred around 6:00 p.m. on 1000 Fiesta Island Road next to the Mission Bay Park.

The report describes that the bikers were hit head on with bikes seen flying through the air.  Three of the bicyclist were pinned under Owens vehicle that had to be lifted for the pinned bikers to be rescued.  Injuries received varied from broken bones, fractured vertebrae, and internal injuries.  Owens is bail is held at $100,000 on charges of driving under the influence and possession of controlled substance.

Any car accident can be a horrible event that an individual has to endure, our law firm understands how DUI accidents can impact the people and families involved.  If you have ever participated in a DUI accident and need legal representation, contact our professional personal injury attorneys in San Diego today.

Fatal Crash Leaves Hundreds Without Power

Hundreds experienced a complete power outage in Henrico County on August 30th due to a deadly crash. The power has been restored thanks to Dominion Power crews since the accident. Police are saying that the crash happened at the 2400 block of Williamsburg Road near Eanes Lane.  There is a horrific video of the Sunday morning fatal accident happening just outside of Jane Carter’s home.

“It came right up here to my door and caught on fire, just burst into flames,” Jane Carter said.

It was around 4:00 AM  when she and others like Jasen Mathis heard the accident outside his home.

“I heard a screech and boom. Then all the lights blinked in the house we came outside and the car had run into my neighbors house and it was engulfed in flames,” Jasen Mathis said.

Quickly several neighbors rushed toward the Carter’s home to try and rescue the victim. George Vargas lives next door.

“There was nothing really I could do. I called 911 right away and I was explaining to them what was happening and at the same time the windows were shattering I guess from the flames,’ George Vargas said

“We tried yelling and screaming seeing if someone was in there and we didn’t hear anything and it was just so hot that we really couldn’t get to the car we tried everything,’ Jorge Vargas said.

Police have yet to confirm how the accident occurred. We do know that a power pole was knocked down and hundreds lost power.

A section of Williamsburg road  was closed for several hours Sunday while crews worked to restore power and conduct an investigation. It has since reopened.

The victim’s identity has not yet been given to the public. The accident is still under investigation.

If you have been charged with reckless driving in Virginia, speaking with an experienced Virginia reckless driving lawyer from the law office of Gregory R. Hough could allow you to learn whether it is possible to reduce or dismiss the charges against you.

Bus Collision on Highway 15 Causes Brush Fire In Cajon Pass

A tour bus that crashed along the 15 Freeway sparked a brush fire in the Cajon Pass and caused a partial closure of the busy roadway Saturday afternoon.

At  about 1 p.m., the bus and another vehicle were involved in a collision on the northbound lanes of the freeway, a fire quickly pursued and advanced to the brush along the roadway.

It spread from 3-to-5 acres at a “rapid rate of speed” to 10 acres, jumping Highway 138, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured by an oxygen tank that exploded, officials said. Her injuries have been reported to be non-life threatening.

Fire crews fought the flames from the ground and took necessary measures by deploying air tankers to control the fire from above.

They were able to “make good progress” and hold the blaze at 10 acres.

Saturday’s fire is the near the same location that an apocalyptic fire broke out last month, paralyzing traffic and sending trapped motorists fleeing down the busy roadway on foot.

With record-breaking heat hitting much of the Western states, fires and accident rates will continue to grow. If you or a loved one has been hurt and have questions regarding your liability, contact San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorneys today to learn whether you are able to earn compensation.

Deadly Accident With Dump Truck Kills Teens In The Cajon Pass

Tuesday night five teenagers were traveling back home from the spending the day at the beach when they were pushed off the road into an embankment in the Cajon Pass by a dump truck holding concrete.  San Bernardino County Fire Department spokeswoman Tracy Martinez the accident occurred at the intersection of the 138 and 15 Freeways in Phelan.  As the dump truck enter the curvy southbound 15 Freeway exit, the trucks breaks went out.  As the dump truck exited Highway 138, the driver was unable to stop and collided with the PT Cruiser which was occupied by the five teenagers.  Both vehicles continued about 20 feet off the road as they finally come to a complete stop with the PT Cruiser pinned underneath the truck.

San Bernardino County coroner identified two of the victims killed in the accident as 18-year-old Nicole Lyle of Victorville, and 16-year-old Anthony Cabrera Jr. from Phelan.  The three others were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for injuries sustained in the car crash.  Friends, family, and other school members attended a gathering outside Serrano High School to remember the young two that had lost their lives that night.  No matter what the circumstance, it’s always a tragedy when a life is lost.  If you or a family member have been involved in a car accident and are in need of legal services, contact the California personal injury attorneys at Guldjian Law.

Young Girl Killed In Tragic Motorcycle Accident In Rancho Cucamonga

The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department responded to a collision that involved a semi-truck and a motorcycle early Tuesday morning.  The accident took place on 6th street near Hermosa Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga around 11:00 a.m. when a semi made a sudden U-turn in front of a motorcycle.  Apparently, the semi driver did not realize that he had collided with the motorcycle and proceeded to make the turn.  With the motorcycle still pinned underneath the truck, he continued back and forth as he tried to negotiate the U-turn.

People that witnessed the crash were screaming at the driver to stop, but he was unaware of the current situation around him.  The motorcyclist was not the only one affected by the accident; he was also carrying a four-year-old little girl as a passenger.  The motorcyclist sustained severe injuries but sadly, the young girl sustained far worse.  As the truck tried to make the turn, he crushed the girl when he reversed the truck and went forward again.

The motorcyclist was a combat veteran according to Sheriff’s detectives, he and the young girl were wearing helmets at the time of the accident.  Witness Cheri Slocumb ran to check the child’s pulse but received nothing.  She recalled sorrowing words from the motorcyclist as he was lying next to her; he kept saying, “I am so sorry, I am so sorry. Breathe baby, please breathe.”

Slocumb stated if the truck drive had not reversed, the child would have been okay.  San Bernardino investigators interviewed the driver, witnesses, and motorcyclist to get a better understanding of what happened.  In the state of California, there is no age restriction for motorcycle passengers.

There are no words that can describe the tragic loss of this young girl.  Hopefully in the future, lawmakers will realize that changes to our current motorcycle laws are needed to help keep children safe. Even with an experienced bike rider, accidents can still occur without warning.  If you or a loved one have been affected by a motorcycle accident in the San Bernardino area, please contact our personal injury attorneys at Guldjian Law.  There is nothing more important than keeping your family safe, so let our attorneys ensure that your family is rightfully protected today.

I was Ticketed for Speeding, What Should I do?

It is not just flashing lights in the rearview mirror that can make a driver nervous, but thinking about the rise in their insurance premiums if they are issued a ticket. Most know that they can be surcharged for their auto insurance after they are convicted of a driving infraction, but many are shocked to see just how expensive this can be. Choosing a qualified Virginia traffic attorney can help drivers to fight these tickets and keep them off of their driving records.

Some think that when they are given a no point ticket, that this will not impact their insurance premium. This is not true, even a no point ticket will raise insurance premiums. The best way to avoid this rise to find a good Virginia criminal attorney who has the experience to fight the ticket. In many cases, a good case can be made to the court for the ticket to be dropped, and it will keep insurance premiums at a far more reasonable rate. In some cases, somebody may already have a few tickets and be in danger of not qualifying for insurance or of losing his or her license. Sometimes, even just one more ticket can push people over the edge.

Those who are facing speeding tickets along with something more serious like a DUI need to contact a Virginia DUI lawyer, who can help to defend their case and keep them out of jail. In many cases, insurance companies refuse those who have a recent DUI, and it can even make it tougher for drivers to get a job. A good attorney can help to fight these charges, and keep people from paying the exorbitant that often comes with getting a DUI.

In many cases, people feel that the ticket that they received was unjustified. For those who feel that the citation was wrong, contacting an attorney is often the best way to get justice in court. They will compile the evidence that the court needs to prove that this ticket was given out unfairly, and they may be able to get it dropped from a driver’s record. Those who have been ticketed don’t need to panic; they just need to speak with a traffic attorney in Richmond about how best to handle it.