53-Year-Old Man Killed, James Watkins Arrested after Petaluma DUI Crash Tuesday Night


James Watkins Arrested after Petaluma Pedestrian Crash on McDowell Boulevard

James Watkins Arrested after Petaluma Pedestrian Crash on on McDowell Boulevard

Petaluma, California – James Watkins, 41, of Cotati was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a Petaluma crash that left a pedestrian dead on Tuesday night.

At around 7 p.m. September 22, police said Watkins was driving a 2011 white Toyota Prius south on McDowell Boulevard when he swerved into the sidewalk for unspecified reasons.

The Prius struck a 53-year-old man who was standing on the sidewalk near Baywood Drive.

An off-duty nurse, along with two off-duty police officers attended to the victim until officers arrived at the scene.

The victim was rushed to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Watkins was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was taken to a hospital. He was then booked at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

The Petaluma Police Department is investigating the incident.

Arin Khodaverdian, CEO and Managing Attorney of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights. Swift action by an intelligent and experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

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While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. We have numerous other 6-figure settlements within 30 days. While these results are atypical and do not predict future outcomes, justice in these cases helped bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the families.”

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