A man was recently taken into custody in California after police said he caused a rollover crash due to drinking and driving. His passenger ended up dying in the collision. The alleged drunk driving accident occurred early in the morning on a Sunday along Interstate 5.
The 43-year-old man and his 46-year-old female passenger were going north along the interstate a little after 12:30 a.m. All of a sudden, their motor vehicle drifted to the right. Police reported that the automobile ended up running off the road and hitting a guardrail.
The motor vehicle then flipped over and landed right-side up in the road's far right lane. However, when the motor vehicle flipped, the woman was ejected since she did not have a safety belt on. She was taken to the hospital and ended up passing away from her injuries. According to sobriety tests, the man who was driving the car was driving while impaired.
The man was placed in jail and has been charged with committing vehicular manslaughter while under the influence without gross negligence, as well as DUI causing bodily injury. He has the right to aggressively fight his charges related to drunk driving. The criminal defense may choose to scrutinize the sobriety tests completed by police, questioning their accuracy in criminal court in an effort to attain a favorable outcome for the client. As an alternative, the man may decide to accept a plea deal, if one is offered by prosecutors, which may lead to reduced charges and thus a lighter sentence from the court in California.
Source: recordnet.com, "Manslaughter charges filed in fatal rollover", Jason Anderson, Feb. 7, 2017