Woman faces drug possession, DUI charges

A woman is behind bars after reportedly causing a fatal vehicle crash in California. The accident took place along Highway 1 and resulted in the deaths of two people. The woman, 19, faces a drug possession charge along with other criminal charges.

According to police, the woman, a university student, was driving an SUV with five friends while on a spring break trip. All of a sudden, the woman struck another car head on. The driver of the other car, a 24-year-old man, passed away at the accident scene. In addition, a passenger in her SUV, a 20-year-old woman, died a couple of days later.

Police said the female SUV driver possibly struck the car because she was high on hydrocodone and marijuana. Officials said six out of the seven individuals in the SUV said they had smoked marijuana. The woman who was driving the SUV now faces charges of drug possession, DUI leading to death and gross vehicular manslaughter, and a $3 million bail was set for her.

As the woman's case moves forward through the California criminal justice system, the woman -- alongside her legal counsel -- might have the chance to negotiate a plea deal in exchange for lesser charges and/or personally favorable sentencing considerations. The decision of whether to take a plea deal, if one is offered, rests with the accused individual. The defendant facing charges of drug possession and other crimes retains the right to go to trial on the merits of her case if she believes that this is in her best interests after considering the circumstances surrounding the case.

Source: kxan.com, "Austin woman charged with deadly crash in California", Calily Bien, March 31, 2016

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