UPDATE: Ryan Wicks, owner of Wicks Brewery in Riverside, arrested for fatal DUI crash
Wick was driving a white Audi while drunk on the northbound side of the 15 freeway in Ontario when he collided with a BMW SUV. The collision caused the BMW to roll over multiple times down a hill off the side of the freeway onto Jurupa Street where the driver of the BMW was killed.
The driver of the BMW was identified as 52-year-old Gary Boeldt.
Boeldt’s family said that Wick should never have been behind the wheel of any car while drunk, but unfortunately this isn’t the first time Wick has been arrested for DUI. According to news sources online, this is Wick’s fourth DUI.
As a result of the fatal accident, Wick’s Brewery has been closed for several days as they receive threats from the public regarding the owner’s irresponsible behavior.
UPDATE JUNE 13, 2022: Ryan Wicks was reportedly returned to jail on June 6 after a judge revoked his bail. Wicks originally posted $1 million bail on March 31 after being arrested for the killing of Gary Boeldt. Another bail hearing was scheduled for June 14.
District Attorney Jacqueline Rodriguez argued that Wicks had previous DUI convictions and was aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. She also argued that allowing Wicks to be out on bail posed a threat and danger to the community. As a result, a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge revoked Wicks’ bail and he was remanded into custody.
Liability In Ontario DUI Car Accidents
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Pursuant to California Vehicle Code 23152, “(a) It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage to drive a vehicle. (b) It is unlawful for a person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.” Even small amounts of alcohol can substantially impair drivers in the following ways:
- Delayed reaction times
- Loss of muscle control
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered alertness
The family of any victim that has been injured or killed in a collision with a drunk driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury or wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Ontario DUI Car Accident
We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Gary Boeldt. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to the police. A thorough investigation must be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Ontario? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. We also have tips on what you should do after a car accident. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 395-7234.