A passenger in his 20s was reportedly killed on impact after a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver crashed into a street sign in Baldwin Village, CBS News reports in an article. The fatal DUI car accident in Los Angeles occurred at the intersection of La Cienega Boulevard and Rodeo Road, police officials said. The driver, a woman, was arrested and taken to the hospital in critical condition. Officials expect the driver will be charged with drunk driving after she is released from the hospital.
In the state of California, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Driving under the influence can be a misdemeanor or a felony. If the DUI incident involves major injury or death to a person other than the alleged drunk driver, then it will almost always be charged as a felony, which is a more serious offense. In addition to a felony DUI charge, the defendant may also be facing a Los Angeles DUI vehicular manslaughter charge.
California Penal Code section 191.5 (a) states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle… and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, and with gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, and with gross negligence.”
Whether you are facing a felony DUI charge or a vehicular manslaughter charge in California, you need the knowledge and skill of an experienced California DUI defense lawyer. You could be facing serious consequences if convicted including prison time and hefty fines. Please call Sitkoff & Hanrahan at 866-299-4111 for a free consultation regarding your DUI case today.