The Orange County Register reported on the crash on December 22, 2010. The article states that the unidentified passenger admitted he and the driver, now identified as 22-year old Ryan Rivera, had been drinking in Downtown Fullerton.
As the OC Coroner waits for the toxicology report there is the usual rhetoric and sentiment that thankfully only the drunk was killed. The incident unfortunately just adds fuel for those who would like nothing more than to shut down the the Downtown Fullerton bars.
What should happen (but likely won't) is for the servers to be held responsible for over serving patrons. On any given night a watchful eye can witness the drunks stumbling out of the bars, some even being carried out by friends.
The Fullerton Police Department and the Alcohol Beverage Council (ABC) should have tackled this problem years ago.
I believe these sad deaths represent numerous failures in our broken community:
- The patrons fail to recognize their bodily limits and take responsibility.
- Servers look the other way and continue to serve those clearly and visibly impaired.
- Police continue to set up checkpoints rather than targeting the source.
- The ABC is nowhere to be found.
- Citizens, residents, business owners, parents, patrons, and public officials have failed to come together to address binge drinking and drunk driving.