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23 August 2017 By James M. Johnson 0 comments

Mike Pershall Modesto Accident on Merle Avenue; Matthew Gibbs Arrested for DUI

Mike Pershall Modesto Accident on Merle Avenue; Matthew Gibbs Arrested for DUIModesto Police Sargeant, 38, Victim in DUI Collision

MODESTO (August 23, 2017)- According to the Modesto Bee, an off-duty Modesto police officer was struck and killed Tuesday evening by a drunk driver as he rode his bike along Merle Avenue.

Authorities were dispatched to the scene of the collision just west of Fine Avenue where a drunk driver had struck a 5-year Modesto police officer identified as Mike Pershall at roughly 6:00 p.m.

Matthew Gibbs Arrested for DUI Crash

Pershall had apparently been riding his bicycle westbound on Merle before being hit from behind a Volkswagen driven by Matthew Gibbs, 32, who then jumped the curb also hitting a fire hydrant.

Pershall who had also worked with the Tuolumne County Sherriff’s Department was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, police officials arrested Gibbs and have since taken him into custody at Stanislaus County Jail. He will face charges including driving under the influence as well as vehicular manslaughter.

Per the Modesto Bee, Gibbs also had a driving and driving incident in 2015 which was later dismissed, according to court records.

According to Tuolumne sheriff officials Sgt. Andrea Benson, “Everyone here is just heartbroken and trying to process what has happened.” Pershall worked a myriad of positions including K-9 handler, field training officer, and certified hostage negotiator, the article added.

No further details have been released at this time.

Modesto Wrongful Death Lawyer

Based on this news report, it has been confirmed that the driver involved, Matthew Gibbs, was confirmed to have been under the influence and driving drunk at the time of the collision. In such cases where negligence or wrongdoing was a factor, the family of the fallen Modesto police officer victim has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking recompense for damages including funeral costs, lost future income, pain and suffering, and loss of love and companionship.

If you loved one has been involved in an auto accident responsible at the hands of a drunk driver, contact our experienced Modesto wrongful death and personal injury attorneys today at 800-235-6801.


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