Priscilla Hernandez, 40, killed by Richard Madrid, 38, in DUI crash in Rialto

Posted: June 15, 2022

RIALTO, CA (June 15, 2022) – Priscilla Hernandez, 40, of Colton, was tragically killed by repeat DUI offender Richard Madrid, 38, of Fontana in a DUI crash according to Mercury News.

Priscilla Hernandez, a mother of three, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband when Madrid crashed into them in his Mercedes C63.

The accident occurred on June 8 around 9:15 p.m. on the 300 block of North Riverside Avenue.

Authorities say that Madrid was speeding in his Mercedes heading northbound on Riverside Avenue while Hernandez was traveling eastbound in a
Chevrolet HHR. Madrid struck the Chevrolet, seriously injuring the driver and Hernandez.

Both Priscilla Hernandez and her husband were taken to a nearby hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Richard Madrid was also taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then arrested and booked for murder and suspicion of DUI. His bail was set at $2.5 million.

Investigators learned that Madrid already had four previous DUI convictions within the last 10 years, one of which put him on probation from 2016 through 2019.

Anyone with additional information about the accident is encouraged to contact Sgt. Dan Smith at 909-644-6025.

Liability In Rialto 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 Rialto DUI Car Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Priscilla Hernandez. 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 Bakersfield? 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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