An 11-year-old boy died in a Ventura County car accident after his aunt, who police say may have been under the influence of prescription drugs at the time, crashed their car. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the boy sustained severe head, lung and spine injuries. His aunt was reportedly driving her SUV with the boy in the rear passenger seat when she failed to stop at a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck at a Ventura County intersection. She was arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs.
Under California law, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs – whether the drugs are recreational or prescription drugs. If an incident results in fatal injuries to a person other than the intoxicated driver, the defendant could be looking at felony DUI as well as CA vehicular manslaughter charges, which have serious consequences including jail time and hefty fines.
If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges involving prescription drugs, please contact an experienced Southern California DUI defense attorney at Sitkoff & Hanrahan to find out how we can help you build a solid defense to fight your charges. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling DUI cases. Call us today for a free consultation.