Following an investigation, police found prescription drugs, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in Tungseth’s vehicle. Tungseth was arrested at the scene for suspicion of felony DUI with drugs, DUI with alcohol, driving with a suspended license, driving drunk with a suspended license, and manslaughter. After his arrest, the Santa Rosa District Attorney released a statement regarding his extensive criminal history, and their intent to pursue charges, possibly even for second degree murder. Tungseth is currently being held on $100,000 bail in the Sonoma County Jail.At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP our thoughts and prayers are with the Buxbaum family in their time of immeasurable grief. Losing a family member at the hands of a drunk driver is a burden no family should have to endure. Mr. Buxbaum is remembered fondly in several published reports, which stated that he was a well-liked yoga teacher in the Santa Rosa community.
While the state pursues criminal charges, Mr. Buxbaum’s family will be simultaneously entitled to file a lawsuit for monetary compensation for his wrongful death. Since Mr. Tungseth was under the influence of drugs and alcohol, it is clear that he is liable for Mr. Buxbaum’s tragic death. At Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP we believe that drivers who choose to participate in reckless behavior should be held responsible for their actions. If you have lost a loved one because of a negligent, inattentive, or intoxicated driver, call Matiasic Roth & Johnson LLP today for your free consultation and case evaluation.