Driver Faces Eleven Years in Prison for Hit-and-Run That Killed Pregnant Woman

Last Updated on: 7th February 2019, 11:35 am

By: William M. Berman, Esquire

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA – On January 4, 2009, Yine Gonzalez and her unborn child were killed in an automobile accident that occurred on Interstate 5. Authorities say that John Francis Sudac, Jr., was changing lanes in his vehicle when he rear-ended the Ford Explorer that Ms. Gonzalez was driving. The impact caused her vehicle to roll several times.

According to a prosecutor, Mr. Sudac will be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run causing death and drug possession. Mr. Sudac entered a plea of not guilty earlier this week and will stand trial later this year. If convicted, he faces up to eleven years in prison.

The sudden death of a loved one caused by the reckless acts of another causes unimaginable sorrow and loss that many times remain with the victim’s family and friends for the rest of their lives. In addition to bringing criminal charges, the family can also file a civil complaint for wrongful death. At Berman & Riedel, LLP, the attorneys and staff are experienced in handling wrongful death cases, and understand not only the legal aspects but also the emotional aspects affecting our clients.

William M. Berman is an attorney with the firm Berman & Riedel, LLP, a personal injury litigation firm. Mr. Berman handles wrongful death cases throughout the State of California, including matters arising from fatal accidents.


About Berman & Riedel, LLP firm managing partner attorney William M. Berman:

Attorney William M. Berman focuses his practice in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and elder abuse and neglect. Strictly a plaintiffs’ dedicated firm, he never represents insurance companies in the defense of claims. Mr. Berman’s firm remains staunchly committed to helping those who have suffered serious injury or loss due the negligence, intentional misconduct or wrongful acts of others.

Mr. Berman has grown his firm to what is considered one of the largest and most successful elder abuse/neglect practices within California. Through his continued successes in handling claims involving nursing home and elder abuse and neglect, Mr. Berman remains a prominent figure in advocating on behalf of this vulnerable class of citizens.

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