Pedestrian Hospitalized, Driver Arrested After DUI Hit-and-Run
34-year-old Isidrio H. Luna was seriously injured after being struck by a car while he was walking along Southside Boulevard on Sunday night, September 16. The man was brought to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for treatment of several injuries, including head wounds, a broken leg, and a broken foot.
28-year-old James. W. Wonacott was charged with felony aggravated DUI and felony leaving the scene of an injury accident. Wonacott called the police less than 30 minutes after Luna was hit to report that he thought he hit something on Southside Boulevard. Emergency dispatch received this call at around 10:27 p.m., just as Luna was being loaded into an ambulance.
Luna was walking south on Southside Boulevard near Sparks Avenue when he was struck by the vehicle. Investigators found a red car side mirror on the road, blood spatter, and tire marks in the dirt.
Sheriff’s investigators went to Wonacott’s home after receiving the call. At the home, they found a red 2000 Volkswagen Jetta in the driveway with damage to the front driver’s side, windshield, and a missing side rearview mirror. A deputy also saw a can of unopened beer in the front passenger seat.
Wonacott was brought to West Valley Medical Center to have blood drawn for a toxicology screening, but he initially refused to cooperate. The sheriff’s office then got a warrant to have the blood drawn. Wonacott has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 26.
Liability For Drunk Driving Accidents in Idaho
Legal Herald contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney represents the victims of drunk drivers in civil court. We’ve asked him to add some information on the legal options available to drunk driver victims and their families in Idaho:
In Idaho, the victims of drunk drivers may have the right to file three different types of lawsuits:
- Personal injury claims are made directly against the drunk driver who caused the accident and subsequent injuries.
- Dram shop claims are third-party liability lawsuits which can be filed against alcohol vendors who sold alcohol to the individual who caused the accident if that individual was under age 21 or was “obviously intoxicated” at the time of the sale.
- Social host claims can be filed against social hosts (such as a house party host) for providing alcohol to someone who caused an alcohol-related accident if that person was under age 21 or “obviously intoxicated.”
If you or someone you love has recently been hit by a drunk driver, you can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking with an experienced DUI victims lawyer.