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Underage Drunk Driver Arrested, Memorial for Slain Carlsbad Youth

After a 17 year-old drunk driver killed their son in Carlsbad last week, the parents of Vincent Edward Zellefrow Jr. will be hosting a memorial in his honor this coming Saturday. Vincent was a bright, energetic young man who was studying at MiraCosta College with plans to transfer to UC Berkley to train to become a music teacher. Sadly, his aspirations came to a close far too soon, after a 17 year old drunk driver hit Vincent while he was skateboarding with a friend and then fled the scene. The underage driver also had illegal narcotics in her system at the time of her arrest.

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of an ever-increasing problem: underage drinking and/or taking  drugs, and then getting behind the wheel. In the United States, teen alcohol abuse results in over 4,700 deaths every year. Furthermore, 24% of all 15-20 year old drivers involved in a fatal car accident had been drinking alcohol. Finally, 50% of all underage drivers involved in a fatal accident who had consumed illegal drugs also had alcohol in their system.

These statistics all point to one glaring truth: the threat posed by inexperienced, intoxicated drivers shows no signs of slowing in the near-future. On the contrary, the internet has made illegal drugs more accessible than ever, and more 15-20 year old drivers choose to drink and then get behind the wheel than ever before.

These facts lend even more weight to the old adage: you might be behaving responsibly, but you cannot control how others around you will behave. It is a challenging and threatening world that we live in, and sometimes unfair things happen to good people. However, experienced injury attorneys can help victims injured by other's bad behavior. 

At the Law Offices of David P. Beeson, we have been helping victims of drunk driving accidents and wrongful death cases for more than 35 years. It is our honor to help families in times like these. If you have lost a loved one at the hands of a drunk driver, or have been hurt because of a drunk driver, we can help. Visit our website at or call us at 619-233-6078.

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