A Long Beach man has pleaded not guilty to five felony counts, including driving under the influence of alcohol that resulted in the death of a one-year-old baby girl, and a serious injury to her two-year-old brother. According to a Daily Breeze report, the accused allegedly drove his Dodge Durango into a wagon carrying the two children. As a result, the wagon was taken a full block before being stopped by a bystander. Fortunately, the bystander was able to grab one child from beneath the car; however, the driver sped off dragging the other child. The man apparently continued driving in spite of numerous witnesses screaming for him to stop. His vehicle dragged the girl for more than a mile before he stopped the car at his girlfriends’ house.
Upon his arrest, the blood alcohol content of the alleged was nearly three times the legal limit of .08%. Allegations of great bodily injury accompany several of the charges levied against the accused. Because he had a previous felony strike on his record, the man’s bail amount has been set at $1.49 million. The man remains in custody as he awaits trial.
Leaving the scene of an auto accident, let alone a serious injury accident, may result in a lengthy prison sentence. The facts of each case vary, but in any DUI with injury charge; a person accused of drunk driving should immediately seek legal counsel and representation of an experienced Long Beach or Los Angeles DUI attorney.
DUI related offenses are treated harshly by California judges and juries. If you have been charged with a felony DUI or vehicular manslaughter, you must seek competent legal defense to ensure that your legal rights are protected. The drunk driving attorneys at Sitkoff & Hanrahan have several years of experience handling DUI offenses and will make sure that you receive the best possible result for your case. To schedule a free DUI consultation regarding your case, please call (866) 430-8383.