Heartbroken Father Loses His Only Child in Fatal DUI Crash

Carson Gates, a 19-year-old honor student, tragically lost his life in a DUI accident. His heartbroken father, Richard Gates, will never stop mourning the loss of his beloved son. He stated, “This is something that no parent should have to go through, my life is upside down, I’m empty inside. I died when my son died.” 

The fatal crash occurred on April 25th, 2020 in Fresno, California. At approximately 3 p.m., Carson Gates and his girlfriend were hit by a driver who was suspected of being under the influence of a combination of alcohol and marijuana. 

Carson and his girlfriend were traveling westbound in a red Volkswagen when they were suddenly struck by a pickup truck driven by 26-year-old James Anderson. According to reports, Anderson ran the red light at the intersection of Nees and Chestnut. Then, his vehicle slammed into the Volkswagen while it prepared to make a left turn.

As a result, Carson—who was riding passenger—sustained extremely severe injuries. Paramedics responded to the scene and rushed him to the nearest hospital. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Meanwhile, his girlfriend and the DUI suspect sustained minor injuries. 

Police officers arrested Anderson shortly after and charged him with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence. Considering the deathly consequences of Anderson’s actions, the prosecutor on this case wanted his bail to be set significantly higher than what the court suggested. However, new bail guidelines bound the judge and therefore obligated her to set Anderson’s bail at $254,000. 

While Richard Gates’ world shattered the afternoon his son was killed, he will continue to keep his memory alive in his heart. This fatal crash changed the Gates family’s lives. A GoFundMe page has since been set up to help the family with funeral expenses.

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Mina Serrano’s Fiancé Faces 10 Years in Prison for Deadly DUI Crash

Mina Serrano, 22, sadly lost her life on August 17th, 2019 when her then fiancé Joshua Parker irresponsibly drove while intoxicated with their family in the car. Serrano and her 2-year-old son, Mason, were both passengers in Parker’s SUV when he crashed into a pile of wooden pallets and a trailer truck. 

Jarring surveillance videos reveal that Parker narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian before the deadly DUI crash. According to authorities, Joshua Parker was driving eastbound in a white SUV at an accelerated speed when he lost control of his vehicle. He then sideswiped a car and slammed into a parked truck, leaving the SUV crumpled. The impact of the collision was far too severe for Serrano to recover from; she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fortunately, first responders were able to rescue her young son Mason. They carefully extracted him from Parker’s vehicle covered in glass but with minimal injuries. 

Consequently, Parker was booked into the Fresno County jail shortly after the incident and charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury or death, child endangerment, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Despite Parker pleading not guilty to the aforementioned criminal charges, officials sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

The Nightmare of a Deadly DUI Crash

Although young Mason Parker survived the crash, his grandmother Iva Romero said that he suffers mentally from living with the horrific memory of his mother dying before his eyes. She stated, “he has nightmares and he goes around telling people, ‘my mom is dead, my mom is dead’.” She worries that he may never recover from the incident. 

At his trial, Parker wept uncontrollably when Iva reminded him that he broke his promise to keep her daughter safe. 

Mina Serrano’s family described her as kind and selfless—a young woman filled with love. Now they are left to grasp that a piece of their heart is gone forever. 

When you drive while intoxicated, you not only put your own life at risk, but many other innocent lives as well. Be smart, be considerate, and be humane—choose not to drink and drive.

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Suspect of Deadly DUI Case in Garden Grove Found Dead

Back on April 15th, 2020, Kyle Michael Morrey was suspected of killing a woman in Garden Grove while driving under the influence of drugs. A few days later, police found Morrey dead in a motel from a suspected intentional narcotics overdose.

Morrey had recently been released from the hospital following his involvement in a fatal collision that left Julie Varley, 59, dead. Authorities believe that Morrey drove under the influence of narcotics when his white 2017 Honda rear-ended Varley, who had been stopped at a red light. 

The crash triggered a chain reaction, causing Varley’s vehicle to slam into a third vehicle. Police and paramedics responded to the crash at approximately 1:30 p.m. Unfortunately, the impact of the crash was extensive. Varley was found unconscious and not breathing in her car; she was later pronounced dead at the scene. 

Morrey sustained severe injuries and received medical treatment at a local hospital. The driver and passenger of the third vehicle were unharmed.  Following the incident, investigators worked with the Orange County District Attorney’s office to file charges against Morrey.

A few days into the investigation, officers were called to a motel in Westminster, where they found Morrey’s body. They reported locating a suicide note and drugs in the motel room where they found his body.

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10-Year-Old Child Fatally Killed in DUI Accident in Sacramento

Any amount of alcohol in your bloodstream can impact your driving ability. Driving while intoxicated causes delayed reaction time, lack of coordination, reduced concentration, and decreased vision—all of which increase the likelihood of a DUI accident. This dangerous combination sadly led to a child’s tragic death last month.

On April 19th, 2020, Tony Keterson of Colusa made the detrimental decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence. Unfortunately, Keterson’s poor choices resulted in the death of his passenger, a 10-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released. 

The two-car collision occurred Sunday along Highway 20 in Sutter County. At approximately 6:30 p.m., Tony Keterson was driving a 2007 Ford Fusion eastbound at a fast speed when he lost control of his vehicle. CHP reported Keterson drove across the lanes and plowed into a concrete wall on the highway near South Tarke Road.

A Toyota Tacoma traveling in the westbound lanes attempted to brake but was unable to avoid colliding with the Ford. As a result, both vehicles took heavy damage. 

Due to the extreme impact of the crash, the young passenger unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Tony Keterson sustained severe fractures to his spine, requiring extensive treatment at a local hospital.

Any form of drinking and driving is illegal and can result in strict punishment. Keterson was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked into the Sutter County Jail. He faces charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, with bail set at $50,000.

As we saw in a similar crash, a DUI accident risks the lives of everyone involved, not just the driver. If a driver drives under the influence, he can be liable for the injuries and damage that happened during the DUI accident. When you head out on the road to drive, make sure that you are safe and capable to do so.

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Former Principal Gets Sentenced 15 Years in Prison for DUI Crash

We look to principals as somewhat of a role model for students to follow after. They aren’t perfect, but we hope that they show us how to live educated lives. However, that isn’t always the case.

A former principal has been jailed on account of a DUI crash. She previously resided at Enterprise Elementary in Lancaster, with a population of over 600 students. On November 15th, 2018, she was the cause of a head-on collision that claimed the life of 29-year-old Jessica Ordaz of Lancaster. Kruppe has since been in jail in lieu of a $2 million bail.

Kruppe pleaded not guilty to the charges she faced during an April 2019 arraignment. However, the Ordaz family finally received justice when an Antelope Valley jury found Kruppe guilty of one count each of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated on February 4th, 2020. The former principal is now facing fifteen years to life in state prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. 

The Former Principal Makes a Wrong Move into Traffic

On the night of November 15, 2018 at approximately 6:50 p.m., Kruppe drove southbound on 50th Street East in a 2014 Jeep Wrangler. Suddenly, she veered left into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on with a 2010 Mazda driven by the victim, Jessica Ordaz. 

Unfortunately, Ordaz sustained severe injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Kruppe was transported to a hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. According to the evidence presented at trial, her blood alcohol content measured at 0.19 percent two hours after the tragedy occurred—more than twice the legal limit. California Highway Patrol investigators arrested Kruppe later that night. 

The Agonizing Response

The Ordaz family made heart-wrenching statements in the court expressing their anger on behalf of tragically losing a loved one to careless, deathly decision making. 

Salvador Ordaz, the victim’s brother, stated “you stole her heartbeat. You ruined our lives.” 

Jessica’s mother further expressed, “this lady is responsible, already knowing she could kill someone drinking and driving. That’s what she did, leaving my family broken and extremely sad for the rest of our lives.” 

The Ordaz family built a shrine to honor the life of Jessica on 50th Street East, north of Avenue P, where she passed away. Although her life was taken, her family will keep her memory alive in their hearts. 

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