Driver, parents, doctor sued over fatal Los Osos crash
May 1, 2015
The mother of an 18-year a old man who was killed in a head-on collision in Los Osos last year is suing the driver, his parents and a doctor who reportedly administered an anti-addiction drug minutes before the crash. [Tribune]
Last June, Alexander Gonzales, 22, was driving in the wrong lane on South Bay Boulevard when he hit and killed Jackson Garland. Gonzales is currently a criminal defendant in the case and is charged with DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Gonzales reportedly admitted to being both a heroin and methamphetamine addict. He also admitted to taking the two drugs the day of the crash, though the prosecution and defense dispute whether Gonzales used the drugs one hour or 13 hours prior to the fatal accident.
Both Gonzales’ attorney Darryl Genis and the lawsuit filed by Garland’s mother, Julie Stahl, point to the anti-addiction drug as a cause of the crash. Kenneth Star, who operates Starr Addiction Medicine Group reportedly administered the drug Vivitrol to Gonzales.
Vivitrol interacted with the heroin in his blood and caused Gonzales to pass out at the wheel, Genis argued.
The lawsuit states Gonzales received the Vivitrol injection about 17 minutes before the crash, and he left Starr’s office approximately 10 minutes before the crash. Starr knew or should have known Gonzales was under the influence of drugs and should have stopped him from driving, the suit alleges.
The suit also blames the driver’s parents, Greg and Cynthia Gonzales, for letting him operate a motor vehicle while knowing he was under the influence of drugs.