$2.7 Million Verdict Rendered Against Drunk Driving Offender

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 10-Nov-2011

A case involving a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver, later charged with other DUI offenses, resulted in the resolution of a $2.7 million verdict against the woman accused in the crash.

Stephanie Cerda, 25, was driving with a suspended license and was under the influence of a cocktail of drugs and alcohol, the official report revealed. A mix of cocaine, xanax, valium, vicodin and alcohol were all found in her system at the time the car accident occurred.

Accident victim, Gerardo Razo was transported to a hospital, placed on a respirator. His body is still ridden with metal screws and pins resulting from injuries endured as a result of the DUI accident.

While Razo was still in the hospital and after Cerda had already been charged with felony intoxication assault, she was arrested again for driving under the influence, police reports said.

Although Cerda was placed under house arrest after the second charge, she slipped her ankle monitor off. Police said she was caught driving drunk again.

While his drunk driving accident attorney doubts that Razo will see any of the money in the verdict, since Cerda did not have insurance, Razo had hoped the case would raise awareness, deterring drunk driving and sending a message of serious consequence.

Despite awaiting trial for the criminal cases, Cerda posted bail again. She was previously charged with felony intoxication assault. Two DUI cases against her are pending, officials said.

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