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Police dedicate DUI checkpoint to drunk driving victim
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce, Editor

A DUI and driver’s license checkpoint is planned at an undisclosed location in Downey this Friday night, Aug. 23.

Police officers will be checking for signs of intoxication and proper licenses.

Downey police said Saturday’s checkpoint is being held in honor of Jeremy Williams, a 24-year-old Downey man who was killed by a drunk driver on 2010.

Jeremy was driving home at about 1:20 a.m. on June 20, 2010 when he struck a drunk driver whose car had hit the center median divider and stalled on the 710 Freeway.

Jeremy and his three passengers survived the collision and exited the car after it began to smoke, fearing it would catch fire.

A few minutes later another drunk driver plowed into Jeremy and one of his friends from behind. Jeremy died while his friend survived with serious injuries.

“At the time of Jeremy’s death, he was attending the John Wesley Barber School and had many dreams and hopes for himself and his family,” Downey police officials said. “Those dreams were taken away from him by this very preventable crime.”

Today, both of the drunk drivers responsible for Jeremy’s death are serving state prison terms. The female driver whose car stalled after hitting the center divider is serving a 10-year prison term. She was a third-time DUI offender.

The second drunk driver who struck and killed Jeremy received four years in prison.

“Over the course of the past three years, there have been 409 DUI-related traffic collisions in the city of Downey,” said police chief Carl Charles. “These DUI traffic collisions have claimed three lives and resulted in 108 injury crashes harming 150 of our friends and neighbors.”

Funding for the checkpoint was provided to the Downey Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013, WEB ONLY
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