According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one in three fatal accidents in the United States involves a drunk driver. In California, between 2003 – 2012, 10,327 people were killed in accidents involving drunk drivers. NBC Los Angeles reports on a man pleading No Contest in a DUI crash that killed a Georgia firefighter.
23-year-old Ron Herens of Powder Springs, Georgia, was on vacation in California when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by a drunk driver. Herens was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other firefighters in the accident, including Doug Blanchard, suffered various injuries, including a broken nose, broken ribs, and a concussion.
The accident occurred when 24-year-old Benjamin Albert Seider collided with the vehicle that the firefighters were riding in at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Washington Boulevard. The incident occurred in April of 2017 and in May, Seider pleaded not guilty to the charges he was facing.
According to the police report, Seider’s blood-alcohol-content was 0.098 two hours after the incident.
This past Friday, Seider pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter as well as DUI causing injury. After having been free on bond, Seidner was taken into custody immediately after his plea.
Seider was immediately sentenced to seven years and four months in prison.
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