A 20-year-old man was arrested in Riverside for driving under the influence after he allegedly caused a rollover accident, which killed an 18-year-old girl, who was a passenger in his car, The Press-Enterprise reports in an article. The teen died at the scene of the accident because officials say she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. She was ejected from the 1995 Mazda MPV. Police later arrested the man for DUI in California. Hewas apparently driving south on Riverwalk when he hit a curb, causing the car to slide on its side until it hit a tree in the center median and overturned. The vehicle landed on its roof.
When there is a death involved in a DUI-related auto accident, the suspected drunk driver or defendant may also be charged with vehicular manslaughter in addition to felony DUI. These are extremely serious charges with life-altering consequences. If convicted of vehicular manslaughter, you could be looking at lengthy prison time and hefty penalties.
California Penal Code section 191.5 (a) states: “Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle, where the driving was in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153 of the Vehicle Code, 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.”
If you or a loved one is facing DUI or manslaughter charges in Southern California, please call the skilled Southern California DUI defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan to find out more information about your legal rights and options. Pleading guilty is not the answer. Call us at 866-299-4111to find out how we can build a strong defense in your DUI case today.