Our attorneys will continue to provide phone consultations 24 hours a day throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

Law Blog

Covering car accidents, wrongful death and more, brought to you by the Law Offices of O'Connor, Runckel & O'Malley LLP.

Blog RSS Feed

Posted on

On June 15th, at the crossing of Marsh Creek Road and Vasco Road in Brentwood, a red light runner struck the Felix family's 1998 Dodge Caravan, causing two fatalities.

Alonzo Felix and Andrea Beade had been driving to San Jose to get breakfast and then let their children enjoy the pony rides at a local flea market when the accident struck. The driver of the other car died from his injuries, and the entire Felix family was hospitalized. Their unborn fifth son of four months was killed in the crash.

Alonzo suffered severe lacerations to his arms and several fractured ribs, while his wife Andrea sustained a broken leg and several broken ribs. As of June 21st, the last two of their children have been released from the Oakland Children's Hospital, and are being cared for by friends of the family.

Posted on

A three-car crash at the Antioch Speedway nearly took the life of a racer on Saturday night during the King of the West event, which took place at the Contra Costa County Fairgrounds at 1201 W. 10th Street.

Pete Murphy of Clovis had been in the process of completing his fourteenth lap of thirty when the accident took place. He was in second place when he was met with slower traffic, and clipped the right rear wheel of the car in front of him. This caused the wing of his car to tangle in the fence, and he flipped four times before grinding to a halt on his roof. His car was struck once more on its underside by another approaching racer.

Once the wreck had settled, the driver of the 1st place #00 car stopped his vehicle to assist Murphy, who was seriously injured and stuck inside his vehicle.

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to calls for assistance and arrived around 9:15p.m. Murphy had been trapped underneath his vehicle for forty minutes before he was extracted by having a part of his roll cage removed, and was then airlifted to the John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek where he is still recovering.

One year ago, 63 year old Jean Marie Arbelbide died at a parking lot for the San Francisco International Airport by drowning. Tuesday, his family filed a lawsuit against South San Francisco in the San Mateo County Superior Court.

On March 29th 2012, Arbelbide traveled to the parking lot to perform maintenance. When he didn't come home, his family called the police and reported him missing. His car was found at the lot, and his body two days later.

Arbelbide, a self-employed gardener from San Bruno, was spraying weed-killer in the parking lot when some rotten plywood gave out beneath him. What he fell into was revealed to be a nine foot deep pit filled with stagnant water. This hole was referred to as "leftover infrastructure," originally used to block water flow to nearby docks, which would allow boat owners to maintain and work on their vessels.

The destructive 2012 gas pipe explosion in San Bruno that claimed eight lives and destroyed 38 homes has yielded a multitude of lawsuits against PG&E. In a settlement with the Greig family, PG&E agreed to strengthen its gas pipeline safety regulations. The utility must maintain closer observation of the lifespan of its pipelines, and must calculate a minimum safe lifespan for pipes in populated areas. This will allow PG&E to identify weaker or aged pipes and replace them before they become dangerous, potentially preventing incidents like the one in San Bruno.

The Greigs will be able to receive an audit of the company's progress on these changes, and can prompt mediation talks if they see that the utility is not holding its end of the settlement. The family will receive regular reports describing progress made.

The deadline for these changes is set on December 31st, 2015, or whichever date is decided on by the California Public Utilities Commission. PG&E states that it has already begun following the new requirements, but the process will be an ongoing effort.

Hayward, CA

Highway 238's traffic has slowed to a crawl due to a pileup of two big rigs and a car that cause the death of at least one person.

Around 5:24a.m. a sedan struck two big rig trucks, becoming trapped under one while causing the other to leak gas.

The Alameda Country Fire crews tried to extract the driver of the smaller vehicle that had become trapped underneath one of the big rigs as of 5:45a.m., but without success. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:30a.m.

The California Highway Patrol received the report at approximately 5:20a.m. on northbound Highway 238, near the Interstate Highway 880 connector and south of Hesperian.