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Posted by Renée Yvonne Gardner | Oct 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Fresno, CA: Buchanan High School Wrestling Coach Faces Felony DUI Charges

October 29, 2020

Buchanan High School wrestling coach Gabriel Flores faces felony DUI charges after two women were injured in a crash that the CHP says was caused by Flores, per an Action News ABC30.com October 26, 2020 news report.

CHP officers say Flores drove under the influence and crashed into the back of an SUV driven by Rebecca Campbell. The CHP explained that Flores rear-ended Campbell's vehicle at an estimated 40 to 50 miles an hour. Gabriel Flores is reportedly Rebecca Campbell's son's high school wrestling coach

Lisa Vivian was meeting her daughter and daughter-in-law at a restaurant, when she got a heart-dropping call, the news report explained.

"Just as I'm pulling into the parking lot to the restaurant, I get a call from a number I don't know and he said, 'Are you Lisa, Rebecca [Campbell]'s mom?' It was a Good Samaritan who said, 'She wants you to know she's ok, but she was in an accident.' " 

"I would hope that Clovis Unified would do both the right thing and the ethical thing and not have this man back until he's dealt with this problem," Lisa Vivian reportedly said.

The news report indicates that Rebecca Campbell and her passenger suffered concussions and were treated at the hospital. The SUV they were in struck a tree and came to rest in an oncoming lane. Flores was arrested for the crime of driving while drunk, and causing injury, a felony.

The Centers for Disease Control states: A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury - or TBI - caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. [1]  The CDC further explains: The effects of a concussion can be serious. [1]

Victims injured by a drunk or drugged drivers have a right to be compensated. The at-fault DUI driver does not need even need to be convicted in criminal court before a civil claim can be made. Potential claimants in the above DUI crash include the injured driver and her passenger.

Victims such as these have the right to compensatory damages, to compensate the claimant. Compensatory damages include special damages (bills, costs, etc.) and general damages (pain and suffering). If a driver was acting on behalf of his employer, the employer can also be liable for damages.

A third type of damage available to these DUI victims is exemplary damages, sometimes called “punitive damages”, because they're designed to punish for a wrongful act, to deter others from committing similar acts. 

Gardner Law's Attorney Renee Yvonne Gardner represents victims of DUI crashes who seek justice for their injuries. Gardner Law also represents people who have suffered concussions and other injuries. If you are a DUI victim, who suffered an injury, don't talk to the insurance, and don't handle your case on your own. Instead, contact Gardner Law now by calling (408) 214-5555, or complete the Contact form on this website. Attorney Renee Yvonne Gardner awaits your call.

Disclaimer: This post was created solely using secondary sources. Therefore, its information has not been verified. If any information appears to be inaccurate, please contact Gardner Law, Renee Gardner Attorney, immediately by phone, or through our online Contact form. Necessary corrections will be made.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Attorney Renee Gardner provided this post for general purposes, and to try and help the public, should they suddenly find themselves a victim of a crime. Crime victims and accident victims should immediately seek both legal assistance to protect their rights, and medical care to assess and treat their injuries.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_whatis.html accessed October 29, 2020.

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Renée Yvonne Gardner

I am Renée Yvonne Gardner. I represent serious personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense and post-conviction relief clients. I am the attorney at Gardner Law.  For many years, I worked my way through night school while I worked for another attorney during the day, as a paralegal. Before ...

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