Bakersfield, CA – Charges have been filed against 72-year-old Alan Booth, who made the Bakersfield Christmas Parade a lot less merry by injuring three pedestrians with his vehicle while intoxicated, according to KBAK Fox58.
The crash occurred on December 7, 2023, when Booth struck three parade attendees, identified as Rocky, 42, and Dominic, 21, a father and son, and 77-year-old Arnold Rios. All three received serious injuries.
Booth himself was injured in the crash. After being released from medical care on December 28, 2023, he was immediately booked into the Kern County Jail.
As per the court website’s update on January 9, 2024, Booth now faces multiple charges, including four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, DUI with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more causing bodily injury, and resisting arrest.
When a reckless driver chooses to take the wheel while impaired, it should not be up to their victims to bear the financial burden of the damage they cause in addition to the physical and emotional. Still, insurance companies may resist making an appropriate payout for an at-fault driver, or that driver may not have sufficient coverage for the damage they leave in their wake. In these circumstances, the services of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can prove crucial in securing compensation for victims and their families.