12/17/07 San Diego California DUI lawyer makes good arguments but...
SAN DIEGO Drunk Driving Attorney news
A San Diego man accused of San Diego California DUI - drunk driving and causing a freeway collision that killed a 75-year-old woman was ordered Monday to stand trial for murder and other charges.
La Mesa resident John Joseph Taskey Jr., 46 – who has five previous convictions for California DUI or drunk driving – now faces charges of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and felony San Diego California DUI driving under the influence stemming from the Sept. 13 San Diego California DUI crash.
At the end of a morning San Diego California DUI hearing, San Diego Superior Court Judge Roger Krauel ruled that prosecutors had presented enough evidence for Taskey to be tried. If convicted, he could be sentenced to more than 15 years to life in prison. He remains jailed with bail set at $1 million.
According to testimony, Rosa A. Degerman of San Diego was riding in a car with several family members on westbound Interstate 8 when the vehicle was rear-ended by a Chevrolet pickup near West Mission Bay Drive shortly after 6:30 p.m.
The family was headed to the coast to watch the sunset.
Degerman suffered severe internal injuries and died at a hospital the next morning. Two other family members also were injured: an 11-year-old girl's shoulder was broken, and a man suffered a concussion.
A San Diego California DUI California Highway Patrol officer testified he was called to the San Diego California DUI crash site where he spoke with Taskey. The San Diego California DUI officer said he could smell alcohol on Taskey's breath.
His San Diego California DUI blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.10 percent about two hours after the collision. The San Diego California DUI legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.
San Diego California DUI Deputy District Attorney David Grapilon told the judge that Taskey was driving on a suspended license at the time of the collision. In 2003, Taskey attended a panel presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and was warned about the dangers of San Diego California DUI - drinking and driving.
San Diego California DUI Defense Lawyer David Thompson brilliantly argued unsuccessfully that San Diego California DUI prosecutors did not present any evidence that Taskey was driving recklessly, contending that he should therefore not be tried for second-degree murder.
Excellent San Diego California DUI Defense Attorney Thompson plausibly said the evidence showed Taskey was likely surprised by a sudden halt in the flow of traffic, which caused him to crash at the time of the San Diego California DUI .