Police officer seriously injured in crash Patrol vehicle hit by suspected drunken driver (Sam Spital)

Commentary by Sam Spital, San Diego Personal Injury Attorney:

“A patrol car driven by a San Diego Police Department officer at approximately 2:30 a.m. was struck by a pick-up truck whose driver admitted he was driving under the influence (DUI). The UT News on December 30, 2012 reported the police officer was badly hurt with broken bones and internal injuries requiring surgery. The crash occurred a little over an hour after another collision in which it is believed the driver was also under the influence and killed another individual in a head on accident.

It strains credulity to believe anyone would risk the life of another and/or themself by driving after drinking an alcoholic beverage, albeit the male driver of the pick-up truck in the above collision reportedly had no injuries. Unfortunately, at this time of the year in celebrating the New Year holiday far too many individuals stay out late at night and may not realize they are fatigued and possibly drowsy, they drink at a party or gathering but fail to use a designated driver or take a taxi cab when they are ready to go home.

It seems likely in the not too distant future there will be ignition interlock devices (IID) in not only those automobiles in which the driver has been convicted and the Judge has ordered the installation of the device https://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl31.htm, but in all vehicles to prevent the huge number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by DUI drivers. Remembering back several years ago, there were objections to seat belts being placed in automobiles and laws that soon were enacted that required they be used or it was deemed a violation of law. This historical perspective may be used to justify the IID since it too can prevent DUI related auto accidents.”

–Sam Spital



“The UT San Diego news reported David Copley, its former publisher and only 60 years old died in an auto accident near his home in La Jolla. The car crash happened about 6:15 p.m. when his Aston Martin vehicle smashed into a parked automobile. When the San Diego Police arrived at the scene, they had to break the driver’s window to extricate him out of the car. Even though he was not breathing, the officers performed CPR until the ambulance arrived to transport him to a local hospital. A close family friend and physician opined that Copley suffered a fatal and sudden heart attack while driving. In 2005, the former publisher reportedly had a heart transplant and his underlying heart problems ‘prevented a full resuscitation’ by emergency room physicians.

The current owner of the UT San Diego, Douglas Manchester, said ‘the entire San Diego community will miss him and the philanthropy that he and his family made possible for so many years.’ The billionaire and prominent Copley dynasty has for decades been known for publishing newspapers and its philanthropic contributions, including the downtown Museum of Arts, YMCA, local playhouses, animal shelters and their many anonymous donations.

Copley was one of the wealthiest and well known individuals in the San Diego community. He also won two Pulitzer Prizes. What a misfortune for someone in his very early senior years; he will clearly be remembered as a kind and giving person.”




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Scout files show abuse in county – During sleepovers to “work on merit badges,” molestation occurred (Sam Spital)


“On Thursday, November 1, 2012, the UT SAN DIEGO NEWS reported thousands of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) files were released in which lawsuits were brought by and/or on behalf of abused boy scouts alleging the leaders of the BSA were liable for failing to protect them. Between 1970 and 1991, there were about 10 individuals from San Diego among ‘nearly 1,900 known or suspected child molesters’ who were expelled from BSA. In addition, a Seattle, Washington lawyer that filed over 150 lawsuits stated ‘the organization didn’t do a good job of vetting volunteers before they were allowed into the organization or catching and reacting to sexual abuse allegations against volunteers who were working with scouts.’

It is both appalling and heartbreaking for enormous numbers of innocent young boys to have experienced sexual abuse from leaders they looked up to as models to train them in self-confidence, self-esteem, ethics, and citizenship skills in the service of others and to become responsible adults. The taint associated with the BSA reflects adversely on its long history of doing good deeds and performing well for society as a result of its failure to properly and fully investigate, evaluate, supervise and monitor its volunteers to prevent even a suggestion or possibility of sexual abuse. Parents need to clearly know and be able to undeniably trust those with whom they allow their children to be involved.”



Officer investigated in hair pulling incident

Commentary by Sam Spital, San Diego Criminal Attorney:

“Fox news reported October 22, 2012 the San Diego Police Department is investigating an incident in which an officer was alleged to have pulled a woman’s hair as he tried to subdue her as she became hysterical in seeing her residence in flames as she arrived home. The article also referred to a previous incident in which the same officer was held liable in a civil action filed by a homeless advocate who was a victim of the officer’s unreasonable force.

No excuse justifies excessive force, whether by a private citizen or law enforcement. However, there may well be mitigating facts and circumstances in this case that helps to explain the officer’s conduct. I would reserve judgment, therefore, until all of the facts are known as far too often the media will report only what it knows at the time and upon further investigation there may be compelling evidence that defense counsel is able to develop. For a fair and balanced account, it would be preferred if the writer included in the article such a closing statement.”Sam Spital, Criminal Lawyer h

Pit bull owner arraigned following attack on girl (Sam Spital)

“The owner of a 65 pound terrier pit bull was charged with a felony for having a dangerous animal that can cause great bodily injury when it attacked and mauled a 4 year old girl when she tried to pet it in the apartment courtyard where she resided.

The District Attorney stated the pet’s owner immediately afterwards ‘grabbed her dog, went to her apartment gathered her belongings and went to her car. When the cops got there she was trying to drive away. They stopped her from doing so, but when they did, she admitted that she was headed to Tijuana.’Owners of animals often focus on how much they love their pet or pit bull dog, even having cared for since birth and for all intents and purposes claim the pet is calm and gentle. Nonetheless, it is critical everyone always be mindful of the dangers involved when they have a pit bull or similar type pet that might escape a fenced yard, get loose from its leash &/or be near anyone else. This seems particularly evident in California where there is both civil and criminal liability. Of course, the impact on the victim and his/her family can be life long, and certainly the pet owner wants to avoid this and their own sorrow and anguish.”

SAM SPITAL, Criminal Lawyer

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