Los Angeles Car Crash Kills 3

A Studio City fiery car crash claimed the lives of Pasha Voldokovich, Jason Shmelnik and Ekatrina Botvinieva.

The auto accident in Los Angeles County occurred in the early hours of Sept. 9th off Ventura Boulevard just west of Tejunga Ave.

The three were said to be celebrating a birthday celebration at a nearby restaurant and bar. Ekatrina Botvinieva had flown in from New York specifically for the occasion.

At around 3:30 a.m, the group decided to move the party over to the drivers home nearby when the accident occurred. The 25 year-old Voldokovich was reportedly driving up to 100 mph as he crashed into several parking meters, trees, and ultimately a pizzeria where flames quickly engulfed the vehicle and restaurant.

Friends and witnesses say  the driver had consumed alcohol that night, but the investigation is still pending as to whether this played a role in the accident.

Jason Shmelnik will be remembered by family and friends for his love of dancing and a 2007 appearance on Dancing With the Stars.


Lindsay Lohan Injures Pedestrian

Lindsay Lohan was arrested yet again earlier this morning for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with her car.

The incident happened in a parking lot outside of a nightclub Lohan was visiting for the night. Reports say that she hit a man while entering the lot and then went into the nightclub as if nothing had happened.

The man, who had just ended his shift at a nearby restaurant, was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. After an hour, Lohan was taken out from the club and arrested for fleeing the scene of a crime. Soon after Lohan was released without needing to post bail and without any sobriety test.

Sadly, this happens all too often. An individual should never be held above the constraints of the law because of their celebrity status. The right lawyer can make the difference between holding these individuals accountable for their actions or letting them get away with their negligence.

If you or someone you know has been injured, regardless of who they are, contact the right personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles and get the justice you deserve.

Doctor Not Responsible for Patient’s Fatal Car Accident

An Orange County jury ruled on Thursday that a doctor who believed his 85-year-old patient’s dementia condition not to interfere with her driving abilities, was not responsible for her fatal 2010 car accident.

Doctor Arthur Daigneault was sued for wrongful death after his dementia patient Lorianne Sullivan was driving with 90-year-old passenger and longtime partner William Powers, and turned their Toyota into fast-moving traffic. The car crashed and Powers died 6 weeks later from injuries related to the crash.

California law requires physicians to notify authorities if they deem their patient’s condition to put them at risk while driving. The law allows doctors to use clinical judgement, and Doctor Daigneault who had been seeing Sullivan for two years saw no evidence that his patient exhibited the “lapses of consciousness” that he needed to look for for when making his decision.

Daigneault’s lawyer argued that there was no proof that Sullivan’s dementia was a contributing factor in the accident, or that the Department of Motor Vehicles would have revoked her license if he had in fact reported her. Daigneault even stated that Sullivan’s condition was so mild that she was able to hide it from her family.

The jury deliberated for only 30 minutes before deciding that Daigneault did not stray from standards of care or state law. Craig Powers, the victim’s son, is disappointed in the decision but pleased that the case got attention. Powers forced their 90-year-old father to stop driving in early 2010 but did not express any concern about Sullivan, according to court filings. He hopes that it will change the reporting law to give reporting doctors less leeway.