Raymond Morua

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Raymond Morua

Lois Capps Representative Arrested for DUI Hit-and-Run

27-Year-Old Victim in Critical Condition

Originally published 11:30 a.m., December 6, 2013
Updated 4:30 p.m., December 6, 2013
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Raymond Morua, a Santa Barbara district representative for Congressmember Lois Capps, was involved in a felony DUI hit-and-run incident early Friday morning, according to police. The victim, a 27-year-old female pedestrian, suffered severe head trauma and is in critical condition.

Police department spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood said the collision occurred at 12:04 a.m. on the 500 block of Anacapa Street. Morua was traveling in the number-two lane of southbound Anacapa Street in a red Dodge Caliber when he struck the victim, who was crossing the street eastbound on foot. According to Harwood, the victim, though not in a crosswalk, was crossing legally as she wasn’t between two signal-controlled intersections.

Morua, 32 years old and a Santa Barbara resident, had earlier in the evening attended an annual holiday party hosted by The Santa Barbara Independent at the Savoy nightclub on State Street. The private party, which had a no-host bar, ended at 9:30 p.m.

Immediately after the collision, Harwood said, Morua stopped his car, looked back without getting out, and then drove away down Anacapa Street. A carful of witnesses followed Morua and confronted him at the dead end of Anacapa near the freeway. They tried to convince him to return to the scene, but he reportedly shook his head and again drove away. It’s unclear if Morua was traveling alone.

Shortly thereafter, Morua drove to Gutierrez Street, turned onto State Street, and made his way down Cabrillo Boulevard, traveling westbound at a high rate of speed. He lost control of his car and crashed into a palm tree, Harwood said, and was contacted by responding officers. During a breathalyzer test, his blood-alcohol content registered 0.17, said Harwood. The results of a blood test are not yet known.

Morua was arrested for felony hit-and-run and two separate counts of DUI and booked into County Jail on $100,000 bail. Police have asked that the bail be increased to $250,000. Morua has reportedly been arrested for prior DUI offenses, including a hit-and-run charge.

Friday morning, Lois Capps issued a statement about the incident. “I am truly heartbroken at the news of this tragic event,” she said. “My heart goes out to the victim and her family and friends in this trying time, and my prayers are with them. It would be inappropriate for me to comment further on this legal matter and I have complete trust in our local authorities.”

This story was last updated on December 6 at 4:30 p.m.


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Maybe these Holiday Parties need to serve coffee and pass the plate for the needy?

howgreenwasmyvalley (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, I'd say his actions indicate an intent to flee the scene, hence the higher-then-usual bail. He was evidently just too under the influence of alcohol to succeed.

Yes, a tragic event indeed, Rep. Capps. All your aide needed to do to prevent this from happening was to simply call a cab. Perhaps he's already made a call to Darryl Genis to help get himself out of this mess.

May God bless the victim of this needless, preventable and unnecessary tragedy, as well as her family.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 1:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It seems very wrong that someone with prior DUI and Hit and Run incidents on his record would be working as a local representative.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 1:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Updates on her condition can be found here.

prncessotheKing (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 2:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, this is quite sad- obviously for the victim, but also for Raymond who used horrible judgement at every turn- drinking if he's already got a problem; driving, fleeing!

Some are saying (here and elsewhere) that it's the Indy's fault because it was their party, but the party ended 2 1/2 hours before the accident, so it's a good guess that Raymond did some heavy drinking elsewhere.

I know Raymond, and while this will not be popular to say, he's a great guy- with a generous spirit. Did he do something horrible and stupid? Absolutely.
Sometimes the perpetrator has his (or her) own demons. I'm not trying to excuse Raymond's behavior. Just saying I have compassion for him, too.

wallymoon (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 3:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alcohol: a gateway drug to much future unhappiness in life.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just to clarify on the comments section:

1) The article does not say Raymond has any prior DUIs or Hit and Runs. The wording of this paragraph seems to be what is confusing:

"Morua was arrested for felony hit-and-run and two separate counts of DUI and booked into County Jail on $100,000 bail. Police have asked that the bail be increased to $250,000. Morua has reportedly been arrested for other DUI offenses, including a hit-and-run charge."

2) The victim has not died, despite what @howgreenwasmyvalley may have assumed. If visiting the update blog you will see the victim's last name is "Dies" ... again, could be confusing if misread.

It's tragic how we take something as dangerous as driving a vehicle and turn it into some mundane mindless task to transport us from A to B. Be more responsible on the roads, folks. Everybody's lives are at risk.

805Raider (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 4 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sadly enough, drunk driving seems to be 1 of the most recidivist populated crimes, especially in our neck of the woods.
Some people learn, most don't and find themselves on the offending end of the steering wheel time and time again.
My sincerest & deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim, this is a tragic loss to all concerned.
As for Mr. Morua, a bad series of choices that ended in tragedy. Yes, these were choices, no intervention or temptation from a higher power or anything other-worldly.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 4:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Real crime is drugs, alcohol and all that goes with both of them.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

805, the sentence "Morua has reportedly been arrested for prior DUI offenses, including a hit-and-run charge" suggests that the suspect has prior arrests for similar charges in the past, but perhaps the Indy can/will clarify...

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 4:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

To The Indpendent: How do you feel now? Are you proud your alcohol-pushing culture has landed an innocent person in critical condition? Are you still going to be a shill for the booze industry?...or will you take this as an opportunity to reflect on how your actions contributed to the pain inflicted upon this woman and all around her?

Some of us have been talking about this on these blogs for years, and we get laughed at for doing so. God forbid should any of the alcoholics ever have to admit to their condition and take a cab.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 5:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Get off of the Indy's case already. The Indy party ended at 8:30pm and the accident was at 12 midnight. Clearly this fellow was at another watering hole after the Indy party.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 5:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice try Herschel, but the party ended at 9:30, not 8:30.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 6:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"RIP Mallory, so very sad."

Just to clarify, Mallory has not died. I thought so for a minute when I went to the caringbridge link provided, and was relieved to learn that her surname is DIES.

I sure hope she pulls through and recovers fully, and I hope the drunk hit and run driver who hit her receives the highest possible penalty!

elaz (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 6:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ok 9:30 that left two and a half hours of drinking time. Drinking time not on the Indy' s dime.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 6:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think this one is on Mr. Morua. It was his decision to drink and drive. I would take the Independent off the blame line.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 7:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Certainly not the time for touting personal agendas or acting the perennial scold.
Hope that this young woman fully recovers.

zappa (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 7:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No personal agendas here-unless warning people of the immorality of hurting others because you simply refuse to take a taxi after drinking.

Yea, I hope she recoveres too, but wouldn't it be nice of people didn't drink and drive? Tell me why people can't get it through their heads that drinking and driving is wrong?

Yeti: Unless The Independent had a specific poliicy stating that all who attend their alcohol events to not drive home, The Independent is just as guilty. That is why I won't serve alcohol at my house because if one of my guests hits someone, I'm morally guilty at the least.

All I can hope for is that a lesson can be learned from this, but given the level of denial I'm seeing, more innocents will suffer.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 7:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The INDY only provides food, not alcohol at their Christmas parties. Alcohol is strictly between the venue and guest.
But I've never known one of their holiday extravaganzas to end at 8:30, that's usually when people really start arriving.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 7:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A person chose to drink too much, then drive, then when he struck someone he fled. Nothing about this is anyone but that person's fault, he made those choices, nobody made them for him. My company party provides alcohol, we actually have an open bar and some people get quite drunk, but they choose to take taxis or pre-arranged transpo so that they COULD drink, it's a choice. Nobody's fault but the guy that drove.

santabarbarasand (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 8:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It must have been Randy Rouse that poured liquor down this guy's throat in an attempt to make Lois Capps look bad.

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 9:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BC, please get off your tea-totaling high horse, we tried prohibition before. It didn't work. "...annual holiday party hosted by The Santa Barbara Independent ... had a NO-HOST BAR (emphasis mine), ended at 9:30 p.m." No-host bar means the guests order and pay for their own drinks - which can be alcoholic or not. This is where personal responsibility enters.
Morua has no one to blame but himself for his bad choices. If you drink, don't drive. If you hit someone, get out and help them, don't leave them to bleed while you try to evade the consequences of your actions.
Oh, and if you are a pedestrian walking in the dark of night, watch for oncoming traffic before you enter the roadway, even if you are in a crosswalk. Even a sober driver can fail to see you if you are wearing dark clothing on one of our poorly lit streets. You may have the right of way, but that won't help you much against a SUV.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 9:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Blackpoodles: If you knew what you were talking about--and if you read my post--you would know that I am not calling for--to use your word "prohibition". If you have read my posts over time you would also know that I am anti-prohibition.

What is happening is that I am hitting a nerve among people who are self-centered and are so consumed with a sense of entitlement that they feel it is ok to drink and drive, and pretend that when they have parties where people are drinking that those who are drinking do not pose a danger when they get behind the wheel.

Are people REALLY that dumb that they don't know their guests are getting impaired to the point where they don't drive?...I don't think so. I think it's the same mentality of "I was just acting under orders" or "Everyone else is doing it so why can't I?" Yes, I will go out on a limb and violate "Godwins Law" by saying this is a tiny microcosm of the Nuremburg Trials. The defendents kept pleading "not guilty" because they were not the actual people pulling the triggers or sending people to the gas chambers, but they certainly set the stage to do so. We all are guilty of this to some extent, and life is a learning curve of realizing this, and not doing it.

It's easy to put ALL the blame on the driver, but when we have a culture where people have parties where they know people will be getting plastered, they too are morally resposible if they know people will be drinking and driving, and as I've pointed out many times before, (but I guess I have to keep pointing it out because people don't get the message) you don't have to be LEGALLY drunk or visibly drunk to be unsafe to drive.

The only way to avoid these unpleasent things, and if you REALLY care about this young women who is in the hospital and might die, and quit making excuses and face the fact that not drinking and driving is the only way to avoid this, and if you are serving the drinks to people who you know are driving home,.you are complicit in this womans plight.

Yes, I WILL get on my "high horse" and speak out when the self-serving hedonistic behavior of immature, selfish people puts people in the hospital. If you want to drink and drive, do it on your own private road, but don't make the decision for others. I'm sure this woman who got hit didn't sign up for this. I feel no shame for calling a spade a spade, you should feel shame for contributing to the mindset of the "I know my limits" booze culture. Isn't that what ALL drunk drivers think before they get behind the wheel and maim/kill people? Are people morally dead, or after all that's been discussed about drinking and driving, are they just foolish? Yea I'm angry, and anyone who isn't angry about this obviously doesn't care.

Merry Christmas to this woman and her family--if she survives and does so in one piece.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 10:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dreadful behavior, and hopefully he will spend the rest
of his life paying for it.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 11:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BC, please get off your tea-totaling high horse,

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
December 6, 2013 at 9:47 p.m. :(

Dear Sable Canine, perhaps you are on to something. When people road (sic) horses, it didn't matter if they were drunk.

Of course, we dolphins provide safe transportation for the drunks. See this link:

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 12:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dolphinpod, get off your saltwater taffy sea-horse.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 1:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What a tragedy for all concerned, but especially the pedestrian. Agree with blackpoodles and others, BC, not a good time for your scolding. And the newspaper is decidedly not to blame. Sure, "Some of us have been talking about this [alcoholism]on these blogs for years" and you never let up on the topic, but what about your libertarian bias and THE INDIVIDUAL CHOOSES stuff?? So, Morua "chose" -- and has ruined someone's life, and his own is wrecked, too, I assume. Let's have some humanity and compassion for the victim, not these whippings of your favorite hobbyhorse.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 7:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Drunk Drivers should be pulled from their vehicles and beaten senseless..The victim had the right of way How come pedestrians have to watch for punk azz drivers? So they could violate our rights bully us with their friggen cars? Screw the lawsuits just take a limb.

Byrd (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 7:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Pedestrians: be alert when crossing two-lane one-way streets.

Do not ever assume because one lane stopped for you to cross that the other lane does not have a blooming idiot who uses the occasion of the stopped car to speed up and get around it.

Even with a clear right-way do not proceed to cross any street until you have eye contact with all drivers who can potentially do you harm.

Santa Barbara is not a walkable city by any measure., because it has crazy, rude, arrogant and aggressive drivers. As well as drunk and impaired drivers who also think the rules are for someone else.

A particular affront when one of those deadly reckless drivers actually works for one of our elected representatives; yet thinks the rules are for someone else. That alone should have been grounds for job termination.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why was this reported as a "Lois Capps Representative"? Is this relevant to the story? This guy is a private citizen who did a stupid terrible thing. Is the Indy trying to ascribe some responsibility to Capps?

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)

He looks like a gang member and has an Hispanic last name, lets add him to the gang injunction.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ2SB: please don't intentionally misrepresent the gang injunction with your cartoon version joke. It is a serious and necessary proposal, and it does NOT racially profile anyone. This town badly needs to rid itself of the scourge of gang activity and targets actions; not people. Please do not feed vicious hyperbole about what gang injunctions do and do not do. Thank you.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 10:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, but one of the intangible burdens taking a public service job which is paid for with public dollars, particularly one described as a community liaison staffer, is that you do represent your boss and the mission 24/7, in all your public activities, which includes no driving drunk on public streets and no choosing to violate the law.

If you don't want to live in this quasi public fishbowl, don't take jobs that intangibly ask you to conduct your public activities in a lawful and responsible manner.

Ms Capps perhaps needs to instill these values in her staff better for her own office's good. She clearly knows there is little private life for public officials. And by extension this needs to be instilled in her staff as well if they choose this level of public employment.

They always say to those in the public arena, if you don't want to read about in the headlines in the morning paper just don't do it. With this fellows list of prior arrests (but perhaps no convictions) he needed to ask a better questions of himself when he took that very first drink. And called a cab when he still had his full faculties.

It will be interesting to see what happened to those prior DUI arrests and why they never led to convictions.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow Foo really takes the fruitcake. Lecturing people about "misreprresentation" when daily you post yards, sometimes miles of total bs nobody bothers to read after the first few lines. Pathetic.

You talking about values is like a vampire lecturing on the wonders of sunlight.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 11:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

he has nothing else to do, Ken

DrDan (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 12:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A tragedy for all concerned. For everyone else, a lesson heard over and over. Wait 12 hours after drinking before driving. Maybe sign up for 'Über':
The Uber app connects you with a driver at the tap of a button. Available on iPhone, Android, and at

DarrylGenis (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 1:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've said to friends often. People need to pay more attention out there. Both drivers, and walkers/bikers. Drivers nowadays often SUCK, and some pedestrians and bikers are distracted. Cars are quieter than they used to be also.

My neighborhood has minimal stop signs in Goleta. People cross without looking around and so very often I've been driving and say to myself "I bet this one crosses without looking". I've been 10 yards from these pedestrians, about to turn and drive right where they're crossing, and they never look.

It never surprises me when I read a pedestrian has been struck by a car, day or night. So many repeat drunk drivers out there.

Cars and trucks are killers, pay attention everyone.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 1:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I've seen so many drivers (often in SUVs) run red lights and laugh about it.

Parking lots are the worst, you have pedestrians like khiggler describes enhanced by their strange need to run in front of your car (without looking) instead of go behind a car (if they had bothered to look); combined with drivers who think they're on the freeway (often teenagers and middle aged men.)

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unbelievable, Darryl Genis, that you, who works so hard to get drunk drivers off, have the audacity to comment on this tragedy... You are a piece of work.

Itsabouttime (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DrDan: Your post is simply off. What's with this "Let's have some humanity and compassion for the victim?"

The bit I hear about "let's pray for the victim" misses the point, although it's a nice sentiment. The bottom line is that the victim is being tended to by a competant medical staff, whether she recovers is up to them, her inherant physical condition, and the rest is up to God. The uncomfortable fact that you, Herschel, and some other won't address is that we live in a culture that promotes the behavior that landed this woman in the hospital yet our culture says that if you serve alcohol to people that you know (unliess you are detached from reality) are coming to your party for the purpose of gettng buzzed/drunk and you know these people are going to be driving, that it's OK. More ironically, Lois Capps and her husband, the late Walter Capps were hit and badly hurt by a drunk driver. Someone even told me that it's possible the injuries Mr. Capps suffered may have caused his premature death.

If a child is sexually abused by a family member who the other family members knew had a history of abusing children and they leave one of the kids alone with that person, is that person the only one who bears guilt when he/she abuses the child? We say that the Catholic Church hierarchy is at fault for allowing priest to remain in their parishes even after they were a knows danger to kids, yet somehow even though we know that if people who drink and drive are a danger, we still encourage them to drive to bars, get loaded, and drive home, and then say that we have no moral respnsibility when that person runs into somebody.

The "this isn't the time or place" argument is a cop out. This IS especially the time and place to discuss this because the "let's pray and send our best thoughts" does nothing to address the cause of this women's plight, and clearly many, many people still don't get the basic fact that we live in a society where people think it's ok to drink and drive.

Why is it SO difficult to go to a party, have a great time, and not have to drink alcohol AND drive? What part of "Don't drink and drive" don't people get? The message has been around long enough.


billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 5:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

itsabouttime - Don't you mean "alleged" drunk drivers? Or should we all believe they are drunk because Kasi Beutel says so? Would you deny people accused of this crime legal representation?

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 7:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This guy is a dirtbag right along with his boss.

Pedestrians, would you PLEASE watch out for your own safety and not ASSume that idiot drivers will see you and stop? Would you PLEASE stop ASSuming that the white lines of a crosswalk are NOT concrete protectional barriers? Thank you.

Perspicacious (anonymous profile)
December 7, 2013 at 8:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

While I am in no way blaming the victim and wish her a full and speedy recovery,WAY too many pedestrians never stop staring at their phones even when crossing streets oblivious to their surroundings and making drivers wait while shuffling across the street texting,updating or downloading.

garfish (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 8:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So sad for all involved.... So many lives ruined. For what?? Maybe in addition to the Funk Zone, we should christen the lower State St. area the Drunk Zone(or has that already been done?)? Alcohol causes SO many problems, what does it even bring to the table?? Oh that's right, tax revenues, but i would imagine that once the numbers are run... What with enforcement costs, prison costs, Etc. it's a huge net drain on SB and society in general. Please be careful out there this Holiday season... Especially in The Drunk Zone. Cheers??!!

BondJamesBond (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Itsabouttime: You might want to review the basic precepts of our legal system.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Time to outlaw alcohol, along with those assault weapons, and gang members.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The answer to all the pot fans who constantly respond to criticism saying"Yeah, but what about alcohol?". I say, yeah, what about alcohol? There is nothing to recommend either.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Besides the gang injunction, is there anything that you actually like?

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 2:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People slam poor Bill Clausen who is NOT a Prohibitionist yet above we have a supposed individual liberties "Conservative" advocating Prohibition.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 4:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think Prohibition would work, obviously. There's been a shift over the years so that DUI is a far less socially acceptable way of killing and injuring others. Even with this shift, and the tightening of various DUI laws over the years making DUI much more expensive if you're prosecuted and convicted, people still eschew personal responsibility and drink and drive. My best guess as to why: many DUI drivers don't think they're impaired enough to get caught. Calling a cab can be a hassle, too.

So, I'd bet that DUI legal defense continues to be a lucrative business.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 5:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

24/7 public tranportation including light rail would alleviate many dui events. Many if not most dui repeat offenders are alcoholics and so consequences are given little thought in the moment.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 5:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you want a good urban transportation system, look no further than silent electric busses on fixed routes. No more than four blocks away from everyone's final destination. Overhead wires and all - can't look much worse than the tangle of overhead wires we have now.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 6:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nice idea but we don't even need overhead wires anymore, look at amtrak and other systems. No overhead wires.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 7:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeti makes an interesting point when he/she says that most people don't think they are impaired enough to get caught.

If you're at a party and someone is monitoring those who are going to their cars, which drinkers are the most dangerous? The seemingly logical answer would be those who are staggering out, but in the Big Picture those who *appear* normal are the real danger because they slip under the radar because as I've pointed out so many times before, one doesn't need to be legally drunk to be unfit to drive.

Increasing penalties misses the point: The point is that the alcohol industry has done a brilliant marketing job in convincing people that they have to drink in order to have a good time, and that any event calls for a glass of wine. Your kid graduates?...have a glass of wine. Your neighbor sells her car?...have a glass of wine. Your dog lifts his leg on the fire hydrant?...time for a glass of wine! A votre sante; salud; Zum Wohl , skål! The problem is, all these expressions pre-date the arrival of the automobile.

Clearly, we have a culture of entitlement whose unspoken motto is "Nobody's going to tell me what to do" and having been around enough alcoholics up-close-and-personal, there is a tendency to take the "offense is the best defense". Blame others for your drinking, or simply tell everyone to "lighten up". Blame the pedestrian you hit, or the person on the bicycle, or whoever, but don't connect your actions to the result of hitting someone. Alcoholism is more than just the addiction to booze, it truly is a disease--not visible like smallpox--but a disease of the mind which incorporates a way of thinking that dispenses with basic responsibility. Add to this the fact that most people who live in our area are financially on the edge, and that the alcohol industry has done a great job of marketing themselves, and you have the Perfect Storm.

For the umpteenth time I was say this: I am NOT a prohibitionist, what I am simply saying is that if someone finds that they cannot go to a party--or go to the toilet--without having to drink that toxic chemical which dulls their senses and judgement we know affectionately as "John Barlycorn", than at least be honest with yourself and don't allow your addiction to affect the physical safety of others.

Last I heard, the woman who got hit is showing signs of improvement, so maybe we can all breath a little easier. Take it as God's blessing and either way, as a warning that this little game of partying isn't such a game after all.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 9:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Daryl Ginus or whatever your name is,.......
You have no right to be commenting here . go away . As far as Uber goes they are unregulated meaning no brakes, lights out, wipers not working you as a driver are still encouraged to drive . My advise is take a taxi whose drivers go thru a rigid background check and vehicles inspected . Uber is also screwing their drivers money . One driver I talked to told me he's been fighting for two months to get money due to him by, Uber .
The last thing anybody with any sense should not listen to, Daryl the D.U.I. Attorney .

redants (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 10:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I hate to admit it, but Genis actually makes sense. Waiting 12 hours after drinking is good advice.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 8, 2013 at 10:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@redants, you too need to review the bases of our legal system, esp the parts about innocent and proven guilty and about everyone deserving the best defense they can get.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hey guys, just a reminder: This guy screwed up and a person is on life support as a result. Just saying.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From personal experience in my younger days when I drank alcohol, I can state with confidence that it takes a LOT longer than a couple of hours after drinking alcohol for the effects to wear off enough to safely drive. I NEVER, EVER drove after drinking ANY alcohol. Period.

Was it 2 hours? 3? Let's see...get hammered at the Indy party, drive a car, hit a pedestrian who now may die, then argue semantics as to whether it was 2 hours or 3 between Hammer Time and Drive Time. PERFECT! Classic denial process SO familiar to all alcoholics. Kind of like "It's just beer and wine...not the hard stuff..." How sadly predictable. And now two lives are ruined.

I'm not interested in the inevitable red herrings, defensive and offensive remarks, and name calling that inevitably arises from any commentary not gushingly supportive of the alcohol industry, the ubiquitous & constant marketing of its product (including in this publication), and its products' subsequent consumption.

If you want to drink, fine...go on ahead...but don't drive. Don't push your choice to get hammered and push its results on everyone else. It's like smokers...go ahead and smoke, but not in my house or my car. I am NOT a fan of prohibition in any form; I just want the freedom to be safe from the decisions of other people to impair themselves and take to the roads.

What I AM interested in is roads safe from this kind of menace. Everyone knows better than to drink and drive, yet people make the choice every DAY to take the lives of helpless, unsuspecting OTHER HUMAN BEINGS into their impaired hands, and do it anyway. "I'm OK to drive...I just had a little wine..." or a couple beers. Please. Just take a taxi or call a sober friend. Don't risk my life or the lives of other people so you can drink and be one of the crowd at a party or "wine tour".

Two families are going to have a lousy Christmas this year because this guy made a decision to engage in what he KNEW was risky behavior. I'm sure his family is crushed, and there is no doubt that the victim's family is crushed, too.

The level of selfishness of people who drink and drive is just staggering, and anyone who has the gall and audacity to attack those who point that selfishness out clearly has some major issues of their own.

Holly (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 11:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Agreed, Holly - I do think selfishness and entitlement, denial of any possible impairment, and a sense that one can f**king do whatever one wants factors into almost every decision made to drive after drinking.

My opinion is informed by the nearly 20 years I spent in law enforcement and by the countless numbers of DUI arrests I made over those years, including, memorably, an incredibly impaired driver who I was good friends with back in high school.

Although I would not say I am or was an expert in forensic alcohol analysis, I would also point out that different amounts of alcohol affect different people differently. It doesn't take much alcohol at all to impair some individuals.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 1:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I disagree with Holly, the point the other poster was trying to make was that they had 2 and a half hours to go get drunk elsewhere and not at the party. It wasn't that they got really drunk at the party and had 2 and a half hours to sober up.

Secondly, I've personally known people who are excellent drunk drivers. Nobody should be driving at .17 BAC, but I know plenty of people who drive much better than your average driver in the .06-.10 BAC range. They should be allowed to drive if they can drive safely, in my opinion. This guy should be held responsible for his actions because he hurt somebody, although the pedestrian may have also been intoxicated and who knows whether a sober driver would have been able to stop for them or not. Ultimately though the driver should take some responsibility, we are all very fortunate that Ms. Dies appears that she will be ok, she seems like a sparkly character. Maybe she can shed some light on whether she believes she should bare some responsibility for stepping into the road or whether the driver was being negligent.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 2:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, I guess I can say that I'm glad you agree that the driver should take "some" responsibility, loonpt...

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 2:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lois Capps--breaker of her own promise to never run for her late husband's office once she took the seat merely to serve out his elected term--owns this guy. Failure to run background checks is owned by the one with the responsibility; as the titular head of her own office, maybe she should stop all the hand-waving at every media opportunity and actually manage her overpaid staff. This is purely the product of local politics doing its usual "thing"...keeping those in power IN power.

Re the alcohol issues: what flagrant hypocrisy. We live in a community where DUI enforcement is conducted by the likes of Kasi Beutel and Aaron Tudor under color of authority granted them by Cam Sanchez...all of whom would dearly love to get out of SBPD if only another agency would hire them (but none will). We live in a community where Joyce Dudley pontificates about drug and alcohol enforcement while County Supervisors permit alcohol to be sold in every gas station on every corner. Who do you think buys beer at gas stations? People who drink in their vehicles. Duh.

Beachgirl77 (anonymous profile)
December 9, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Beachgril77 - duh yourself - you really think people who buy alcohol at gas stations drink in their car? And if you don't like the way this community is being run by government officials then get out! You sound like the kind of lazy human being who spends more time blaming others than finding ways to solve problems. Capps, nor any other government worker has nothing to do with this loser who did this to the victim. There is no way to remove all the variables of what can kill someone from this earth, whether it be cars, alcohol, guns, drugs, etc. Your perspective is skewed to say the least. The poor girl is dead and you focus on government and alcohol laws?

And to the other idiots who blame the independent - they have and had nothing to do with this guys choices. The blame is on him and no one else. The tragedy of this is that no matter who you gets blamed or punishment Mallory can't be given life back and her family don't get their baby girl back.

pitterpatdog (anonymous profile)
December 11, 2013 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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