Four Murrieta Valley High School students were injured when their car was rear-ended by a truck driven by Murrieta Mayor Alan Long. The auto accident occurred on Jefferson Avenue, just after 10:00 p.m. Thursday.
Murrieta police officers who responded to the scene of the crash assessed that the driver of the truck was displaying clear signs of alcohol impairment. Mayor Long agreed to a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
The four injured teens were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Drunk driving is a negligent behavior that puts the lives of innocent people at risk. Mayor Long’s actions are even more egregious as he is an elected official.
In the State of California there are over 200,000 DUI arrests every year. Eleven percent of car accident injuries are attributed to alcohol related crashes. With all the new taxi alternatives there’s no excuse to get behind the wheel when buzzed or drunk. Uber, for example, has been operating in the Temecula area since February 2014.
The young people injured in the accident were clearly not responsible for the crash. In a case like this, they have the right to pursue compensation for medical bills from Long’s insurance.