Published on:

Drunk Driver Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charge; Civil Liability Also Possible

Last week, more than a year after killing a bicyclist in a drunk- driving accident, Charley Matanza pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing death. He will be sentenced in Clark County Court. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the bicyclist was Gary Lommason, a retired Army Sergeant. Matanza’s car had crashed over a sidewalk on Desert Inn Road, striking and killing Lommason, who was dragged under the vehicle. At that time, Matanza was under the influence of a variety of substances including methamphetamine.

In personal injury and wrongful death suits, a criminal conviction is helpful though not necessary in proving liability. Lagomarsino Law’s Personal Injury Practice Group offers top-tier legal counsel to individuals in connection with personal injury and wrongful death claims. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact our lawyers for a free confidential case review and receive a response within hours, or call toll free 866-414-0400.