A man in California was recently arrested for drunk driving. The arrest came following a vehicle crash that led to the death of a bicyclist. The reported DUI accident occurred on a Sunday afternoon.
According to police, the man, age 19, was driving a Ford Mustang at an excessive speed north on an expressway. All of a sudden, the man lost control of his vehicle while going downhill. The vehicle then struck a bicyclist.
The man riding the bike was thrown from it and ended up on the road's right shoulder. The Mustang went toward the left and collided with a center divider made of concrete. It then came to a rest within the lanes going north. The Mustang driver was taken into custody at the crash scene and booked into a county jail. The man who had been on the bike, age 32, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
If appropriate to the Mustang driver's circumstances, the criminal defense for the man might explore the possibility of striking a plea deal with California prosecutors. If available, a plea agreement might offer the advantage of resulting in a lighter sentence compared with what may result if a guilty verdict is secured at trial. The accused individual also retains the right to go to trial on the merits, forcing the prosecution to actually prove the DUI allegations by relevant and appropriate evidence that meets the standards required by the criminal justice system. If this does not take place, no conviction is possible.
Source: kron4.com, "Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after bicyclist killed in crash in Campbell", June 13, 2016