Red Cross Dealing With Emergency Blood Shortage, Lowest Post-Summer Inventory In 6 Years

The Red Cross said fewer people are donating because of returns to work and in-person learning, as well as a surge in COVID cases. 

Red Cross Dealing With Emergency Blood Shortage, Lowest Post-Summer Inventory In 6 Years

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Red Cross is dealing with emergency shortages. Blood inventory is the lowest its been at this time of the year since 2015, according to the organization.

The Red Cross said fewer people are donating because they’re returning to work and in-person learning, as well as a surge in COVID cases.

All blood drives and donation centers follow high COVID safety standards including requiring masks for everyone.

If you’d like to give, you’re asked to make an appointment.

Red Cross Has Emergency Blood Shortage;Lowest Post-Summer Inventory In Six Years

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Family Of Man Killed In DUI Crash Outraged Driver Spent Only One Week In Jail

A Riverside woman spent just seven days in jail after being sentenced for a death that happened when she was driving under the influence, and now the victim's family said the criminal justice system failed them. 

Family Of Man Killed In DUI Crash Outraged Driver Spent Only One Week In Jail

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) – A Riverside woman spent just seven days in jail after being sentenced for a death that happened when she was driving under the influence, and now the victim’s family said the criminal justice system failed them.

Eduardo Gutierrez was riding his motorcycle on the 60 Freeway in Riverside just over a year ago when he was hit and killed by a car.

The driver, Cecilia Martinez, 33, pled guilty to DUI gross vehicular manslaughter in the case.

Officials said a visiting judge sentenced Martinez to a year in custody and five years probation. However, jail records indicate she was released from jail just seven days after being sentenced and is now on house arrest.

“The whole point of the justice system is to show that if you commit a crime, there will be consequences,” said Jordan Figueroa, the victim’s daughter. “How is this showing that you shouldn’t drink and drive? If anything, it’s telling people it’s not that bad.”

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said they opposed the judge’s decision in the case.

The Gutierrez family is now on a mission to mandate stricter sentences for DUI fatalities and is asking the public to sign their online petition calling for change.

If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page set up for the Gutierrez family, go here.

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