Jessica Talamante and Brian McKee killed by Tayishe Baltys in DUI crash in National City

Posted: June 24, 2022

NATIONAL CITY, CA (June 24, 2022) – Jessica Talamante, 15, and Brian McKee, 38, were killed by DUI driver Tayishe Baltys, 43, in National City Wednesday night.

NBC San Diego reports that Talamante and her stepfather McKee were crossing the street at East Plaza Boulevard and Harbison Avenue around 10:20 p.m. when Baltys struck and killed the two on the road.

Jessica Talamante was pronounced dead at the scene, while McKee was taken to Scripps Mercy hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Aliyah Arroyo, Talamante’s 20-year-old sister, was also crossing the street with the pair, but survived the collision.

Baltys appeared to be drunk to police officers and was arrested as she remained on the scene. She is being charged with DUI resulting in bodily injury, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter.

Kristen White, Talamante’s mother and the boyfriend of Brian McKee, said that Jessica was going to turn 16 on July 6.

“My daughter was such a good girl. She was happy, she was innocent. She was like my best friend, too,” White said.

Liability In National City 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 National City DUI Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jessica Talamante and Brian McKee. 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 National City? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 (844) 966-0965.

 

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