3 Children Killed, 2 Adults Injured in Suspected Drunk Driving Crash on Highway 20
Three children were killed and their father and his fiance were injured after their vehicle was rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver on Highway 20 early Saturday morning. The children were ages 3, 5, and 6.
According to Blaine County deputies, the crash happened at around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday at a temporary traffic signal set up for a bridge construction project on Highway 20, near Hot Springs Landing.
Deputies who responded to the crash said they discovered a 1995 Dodge pickup truck with major front-end damage and a blue 2000 Dodge Neon with serious rear-end damage at the scene.
According to deputies, 26-year-old Somchai Ray Lee Lurak was driving the Neon westbound on Highway 20 and was stopped at the construction site. Matthew R. Park was reportedly also driving westbound and rear-ended the Dodge Neon in the westbound scene.
The 5-year-old and 6-year-old girls both died at the scene, while the 3-year-old was brought to a Boise hospital, where she passed away.
Lurak was brought to a hospital by helicopter, where he remains in critical condition. He suffered neck and back injuries. His 26-year-old fiance, who was in the passenger’s seat, was transferred to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise for treatment of a broken arm.
Park was uninjured in the crash. Court documents say that he admitted to being drunk and that he had a blood alcohol content of over twice the legal limit. He reportedly told officers that he had been drinking at several bars Friday night and Saturday morning. Police also reported that he had urinated in his pants, was slurring his speech, and smelled of alcohol.
Park has been charged with three counts of felony vehicular manslaughter and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence.
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Legal Rights of Drunk Driving Victims & Their Families in Idaho
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps families affected by drunk driving crashes find justice in civil lawsuits. Brian has offered to add a few thoughts regarding the legal rights of these families:
In Idaho and many other states, there are certain situations where people who have been injured by drunk drivers (and the families of those killed by them) may have grounds for a lawsuit against an alcohol vendor or social host who provided alcohol to the driver. These are known as “dram shop” or “social host” lawsuits.
According to Idaho dram shop law, vendors and social hosts can be held liable for providing alcohol to someone who causes an injury to another person if the vendor or social host served alcohol to someone who was either:
- Under 21 years of age and the vendor or social host knew or should have known that the person was younger than 21, or
- Obviously intoxicated and the vendor or social host knew or should have known that the person was obviously intoxicated.
For example, imagine Jacob goes to B-Bar, has several drinks, and begins slurring his speech and walking into walls. Despite the fact that he’s visibly intoxicated, the bartender keeps serving him alcohol. Jacob then leaves B-Bar in his car and crashes into another vehicle, injuring the other driver, Matthew. Matthew may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against Jacob and a dram shop lawsuit against B-Bar for serving a visibly intoxicated customer.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured or killed after a collision with a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal rights by calling an experienced drunk driving injury lawyer.
The Intersection of Highway 20 and Hot Springs Landing Road in Idaho
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