On a December night in 2012, the life of Brandon Fisher was changed forever. While crossing the street at Walnut and West 1st Streets in Chico, he was hit by a drunk driver.
Law enforcement initially charged the driver, Matthew Lambert, with a felony DUI, but after further analysis his charges were reduced. “More sophisticated equipment that did a frame by frame analysis showed that it threw real doubt on that speed estimation. In fact, it looked like it was much more the 35 miles an hour which was the speed limit,” explained Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. Without the fact that Lambert was speeding, the charged were reduced to a misdemeanor DUI. “The law requires that we show that injury was a result of a non-DUI traffic violation such as speeding.”