A California man currently faces charges of driving under the influence after police said he ran over a motorcyclist. The alleged DUI accident happened on a Saturday night. It took place a little before 6 p.m.
Police reported that a Harley Davidson was going westbound on a road and ended up crossing into the lane going east. That is when it entered the path of a GMC Sierra. The two vehicles crashed head on, with the motorcyclist being ejected.
The motorcyclist, 66, died immediately. According to police, the pickup truck driver attempted to leave the accident scene. However, the truck broke down, so the man, 56, made it less that half a mile away. He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence as well as fleeing an accident scene.
Individuals facing California DUI charges are presumed innocent until and unless they can be proved guilty in a court of law, just as with any other criminal accusation. At trial, prosecutors have to prove a defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, by relevant and appropriate evidence, before any conviction is possible. In some cases, the criminal defense determines that pursuing negotiations for a plea deal is expedient due to the weight of the prosecutor's potential evidence. If available, a plea deal might lead to reduced charges or a lighter sentence from the court. The criminal defense will push for an outcome that is ultimately in the defendant's best interest while fighting to ensure that all legal rights of the accused are upheld at every stage of the proceedings.
Source: abc7.com, "Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after fatal hit-and-run in Acton", May 8, 2016