Bisnar | Chase Obtains $2 Million Settlement for Family of Orange County DUI Victim

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The personal injury legal team at Bisnar | Chase obtained a $2 million settlement for the mother of a 51-year-old man, who was killed in a collision caused by a drunk driver. The lawsuit (Case Number: 00509530 Orange County Superior Court) was settled about a week before it was set to go to trial.

Brook Boynton was the victim of a drunk driver in Orange County

Brook Boynton was an accomplished triathlete

Although money cannot bring back a loved one, this family got all of the justice they could get from our civil justice system

The personal injury lawyers at Bisnar | Chase obtained a $2 million settlement for the mother of Brook Boynton, a 51-year-old man who was killed in a collision with a drunk driver in 2009.

According to court documents (Case Number: 00509530, Orange County Superior Court), the incident occurred the evening of Oct. 16, 2009 on the state Route 73 toll road about a mile north of Laguna Canyon Road. Brook Boynton was driving a 2004 Nissan Murano in the number two lane and defendant Richard Caselli was driving a 2001 Volvo S-60 in the number one lane, the lawsuit states. Multiple witnesses stated that he was traveling at speeds over 100 mph, court records state. Caselli lost control on a downhill curve and the right front of his vehicle struck the left rear of Boynton's Nissan, the suit states.

According to court documents, during this initial impact, the driver's seat of the Nissan collapsed backwards and Boynton came out of his seatbelt as the vehicle tripped on the curb and rolled over several times. Boynton was then ejected from the vehicle as it rolled over and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the court documents.

According to the court documents, Caselli was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated (Orange County Superior Court Case Number: 10ZF0082) and subsequent toxicology testing by the Orange County Sheriff's Crime Lab put his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at .186, more than twice the legal limit. He also tested positive for cocaine, according to the court records. Caselli pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated on May 11, 2010 in the criminal case and served two and a half years in prison, court records (Case Number: 10ZF0082) indicate.

Boyton's sole heir, his 84-year-old mother Johnella Boynton, approached Bisnar | Chase after being told by another law firm to simply accept Caselli's insurance limits of $15,000 and collect the additional $85,000 in uninsured motorist insurance on her son's policy, said Scott Ritsema, trial attorney at the Bisnar | Chase personal injury law firm.

The legal team at Bisnar | Chase filed a products liability case (Orange County Superior Court Case Number 00509530) against Nissan, which eventually settled the case confidentially. Johnella Boynton's wrongful death lawsuit against Caselli was set to go to trial on Feb. 25, when the case was settled Feb. 14 during a Mandatory Settlement Conference, Ritsema said.

The Boynton family was determined to hold Caselli accountable for his actions, Ritsema said. "Although money cannot bring back a loved one, this family got all of the justice they could get from our civil justice system," he said. "Mr. Caselli has this additional 'ball and chain' strapped to his ankle to remind him for the rest of his life of what he did to the Boynton family."

About Bisnar | Chase
Bisnar | Chase represents victims of car accidents including drunk driving crashes. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered millions of dollars for victims and their families.

For more information, please call 800-561-4887 or visit for a free consultation. We are located at 1301 Dove Street #120, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

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