One man in California faces criminal charges after police said he caused a fatal accident due to drinking and driving. According to police, the man who faces felony DUI charges crashed his sport utility vehicle into a tree on a recent Friday night. His daughter, 12, died as a result of the collision.
Police reported that the man, 42, was driving quickly on a street at around 10 p.m. However, he was unable to keep his vehicle on the road. He ended up getting into a wreck near a flea market, at which point his daughter was thrown from the vehicle. The girl passed away at the wreck scene.
Officials said they discovered a bottle of alcohol at the crash scene. They suggested that he would have had the ability to properly make the turn in the road had he been sober. Both the man and the girl's mother suffered injuries in the accident and were transported to a hospital.
The man facing felony DUI charges has the right to defend himself in a California courtroom, though his own physical injuries and the fact that his daughter lost her life will undoubtedly make that more challenging. Nevertheless, the father will ultimately have to respond to the criminal charges despite the crushing loss his family has already suffered. More details of the accident will be necessary in order to determine the best option for proceeding with his criminal defense. It remains to be seen whether that will be to proceed to a trial on the merits or to agree to a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors.
Source: kcra.com, "Police: 12-year-old killed in crash; father faces DUI charges in Stockton", Gamaliel Ortiz, March 22, 2015