Confirmed DUI Accident Killed 4 in Granite Bay, CA
March 16, 2023

Placer County, California (Granite Bay, CA) – On March 15, 2023, a report published on Wednesday indicated that the operator was killed in a Placer County incident that also claimed three occupants were under the influence of alcohol at the time in Granite Bay, CA.

Authorities verified the motorist had been intoxicated on Wednesday, months after four men died in a Placer County incident where DUI was alleged, the sticking point in a lawsuit against the restaurant they left before colliding. According to the California Highway Patrol, toxicology findings revealed that the operator, Jerry Monroe Cepel, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Cepel was driving a 2016 Mercedes with three pals when they slammed into a tree and caught fire at East Roseville Parkway and Brackenbury Drive in Granite Bay on December 14, 2022, according to the CHP Auburn division. The car was driving too fast, far more than the posted speed limit on East Roseville Parkway, according to the CHP’s preliminary report in December, but the latest report on Wednesday confirmed Cepel “made an unsafe movement” while speeding, causing the car to divert and struck three separate trees, killing all four people inside.

The occupants were identified as Karan Pannu, 45-year-old, Patrick Gainer, 65-year-old, and Paul Hammack, 53-year-old.

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