When a person is believed to have killed another person due to drinking and driving, the long-term repercussions can be serious for the accused. For instance, the person's reputation may quickly become tarnished, and the individual may face time behind bars and other serious criminal penalties. One man in California may be charged with DUI following a car accident that led to the death of a television director.
Police reported that the accident happened at about 9:25 p.m. A man, 75, was driving and stopped to let TV director Marty Pasetta and another individual get out of his vehicle. The driver then also exited his car; however, he did not place the car in park, nor did he shut the engine off. The car ended up striking the two passengers, causing fatal injuries to the TV director and serious injuries the other passenger.
The man was booked on suspicion of DUI causing injury, vehicular manslaughter and operating a vehicle with a .08 blood alcohol content. The man is currently free on a bail of $50,000. Police are waiting for toxicology results so that they can determine if charges should be filed against the man.
If the man is charged with DUI, prosecutors in criminal court must prove these charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, the man cannot legally be convicted. The man may also be given the opportunity to strike a plea deal with the prosecution, with the plea deal's terms being dependent on the strength of the prosecution's evidence. A plea agreement might lead to a lighter sentence than what the accused person may be given if convicted at trial. An individual has the right to pursue his or her best interests when faced with DUI charges in California.
Source: Palm Desert, CA, Patch, "Charges Still Pending in DUI Crash That Killed 'Oscars' Director", Alexander Nguyen, July 21, 2015