Man faces DUI charges following personal injury accident

An alleged DUI vehicle accident recently led to two victims suffering serious injuries. The accident occurred on a Wednesday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, a truck driver rear-ended two vehicles in a construction zone. He has been accused of DUI.

At a little after 10 p.m., the driver of the utility truck, reportedly 37 years old, was heading west along Highway 26. He was approaching a street at around 55 mph. At that time, he reportedly did not notice that two cars in front of him had stopped because of construction-zone traffic controls in the area.

The truck then apparently hit a Jeep Wrangler with two occupants, ages 51 and 52. The force of the collision propelled the Jeep into another vehicle in front of it, a Kenworth that a 40-year-old man was driving. The Jeep then went across the eastbound lane and over the south side of the highway. The utility truck additionally struck the rear of the Kenworth before coming to a stop. The two occupants of the Jeep were taken to the hospital, one by helicopter. The utility truck and Kenworth drivers suffered no injuries.

The utility truck driver, who is said to have been intoxicated when the crash happened, currently faces felony charges for allegedly causing an injury accident while under the influence. Nevertheless, he is presumed innocent until and unless the prosecution can prove his guilt by relevant evidence in criminal court. The charges must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction is possible. Those facing DUI charges in California have the right to seek their best interests while ensuring that all applicable rights are fully protected.

Source: mymotherlode.com, "DUI-related Triple Collision Causes Major Injuries", Tori James, July 7, 2016

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