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Madeline St. Pierre Arrested For DUI In Pescadero Crash, 1 Dead

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Pescadero, CA (October 30, 2023) Madeline St. Pierre, a 22-year-old from Arcata, was arrested for DUI on October 13th, 2023, after driving her car off of a cliff and causing a deadly crash. Officials said the accident occurred just before 10:00 p.m. near the intersection of Pescadero Creed Road and Highway 1.

The driver behind the wheel of the 2012 Kia Forte was Madeline St. Pierre. She was heading west on Pescadero Creek Road and didn’t slow down at the intersection. The California Highway Patrol Redwood City Branch reported that St. Pierre continued through the intersection at a high speed and drove right off the cliff into the ocean below. Authorities said the Kia fell approximately 100 feet before it landed with a crash on Pescadero State Beach. Amazingly, the vehicle landed upright, even though it was partially in ocean water.

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A 29-year-old passenger in the car, a Watsonville resident, was killed in the crash. Another passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Elyse Pickrt from Arcata, was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for injuries she received in the collision.

St. Pierre, who was driving the Kia, received significant injuries in the accident. The California Highway Patrol arrested Madeline St. Pierre on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and vehicular manslaughter.

The California Highway Patrol Redwood City Office is seeking any information on this tragic 100-foot cliff accident in Pescadero.

Liability In Pescadero 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 Pescadero DUI Car Accident

We at Accident News Now extend our deepest condolences to the family of the person killed in this collision. 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 Pescadero? 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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