LANCASTER (June 22, 2013) – A Saturday morning wrong way crash kills Pastor Manard Giles and injures two passengers. The accident happened at 3:30 a.m. on the northbound Antelope Valley Freeway near Escondido Canyon Road. California Highway Patrol suspect drunk driver, Bradford Pate of Burbank, was driving on the wrong side of the freeway. Pate’s Toyota Tundra collided with Pastor Giles’ Chrysler head-on then struck another car. Pastor Giles was pronounced dead at the scene while two of his passengers were taken to local hospitals in critical condition. One of them later died. He has been identified as 60 year old Lancaster resident Mattie Lee Ferguson. Three people inside the second car that was struck were also injured.
Pastor Manard Giles, a resident of Quartz Hill, was a pastor at Answer Community Church of God in Lancaster. The 77 year old pastor was much loved by his family, friends and grandkids. He was returning from a church event in San Diego.
Driver, Bradfod Pate, 38 years old, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. On Tuesday, he was charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. His blood alcohol level was .08%. This isn’t Pate’s first DUI, he was convicted of a DUI in 2007 in Ventura County. Prosecutors will ask the court to set the bail at $3 million.
According to attorney Edmond El Dabe, the families of Pastor Manard Giles and Mattie Lee Ferguson can hold Bradford Pate liable for the untimely and wrongful death of their loved ones as caused by his negligence. Family members including surviving spouses and children can recover damages for the loss of their loved one as they have suffered from the loss of their loved one’s companionship, comfort, affection and to society.