Driver in June 27 crash with motorcycle charged with felony DUI

August 13, 2013

The district attorney has filed felony drunk driving charges against a 21-year-old Clayton woman for a June 27 crash that critically injured a motorcyclist.

According to police records, Jessica Mercurio’s blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when she lost control of her car on Clayton Road, jumped the median and hit Mark Tomaszewski, 51, head on. Witnesses at the scene say they overheard her tell officers she was texting at the time of the crash.

Because of the seriousness of the injuries caused, Mercurio faces eight years in state prison if convicted.

Tomaszewski, an operating room technician at the Sequoia Surgical Center in Walnut Creek, suffered internal injuries, severe head injuries and multiple broken bones. He remains in the trauma care unit at John Muir Medical Center where, according to his brother, he is progressing well and is “humbled by all the support from the community.”

His co-workers have donated their unused time off to him and a website has been set up to raise funds to help with his mounting medical bills.


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