Reckless Driving | Neilson v. Reyad

May 23, 2023 | Article by Chain | Cohn | Clark staff | Current Cases

Reckless Driving | Neilson v. Reyad

Gayla Sue Price, 66, was simply returning home from buying groceries. Price had stopped in the center turn lane on Campus Drive to drive into her southwest Bakersfield neighborhood when an out-of-control reckless driver crossed into her lane, struck her car head on, and killed her.

That driver’s actions were caught on video by a passenger, which was posted briefly by the passenger on social media.

The driver — Karim Reyad — reached at least 100 mph in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat before crossing into the opposite lane at 5:44 p.m. on April 18 near Spring Gate Drive, and collided head-on with Price’s Honda Civic, according to a Bakersfield Police investigator’s warrant. Campus Park Drive is a 50mph zone. At one point Reyad took his hand off the steering wheel (he has one arm), the video showed, which cuts out before the crash.

An independent witness told Chain | Cohn | Clark representatives Reyad before the crash had already raced down Campus Park Drive at speeds over 100 mph, traveling westbound and running the posted stop sign at Mountain Vista Drive. Reyad then made an illegal U-turn near Buena Vista Road, before speeding back eastbound and colliding with Price. The collision pushed Price’s car approximately 300 feet from the point of impact. The witness confirms that Price was at a complete stop, entirely within the center turn-lane when the driver of the Dodge appeared to lose control and ram into the front of her vehicle. Reyad and passengers of the Dodge were taken to the hospital with major injuries. Passengers told investigators Reyad had also ingested cannabis wax before the crash.

“Too many drivers are using our public roads as a private racetrack, leading to tragic results,” said Matt Clark, managing partner and attorney at Chain | Cohn | Clark. “Now we have another innocent family who has been victimized by a negligent, reckless driver in our community. Despite recent legislation to address street racing and sideshows, these activities continue to plague our community.”

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