Fatal crash may have been caused by DUI driver

A vehicle crash recently took place in California as a result of alleged drunk diving. One woman died in the crash. Meanwhile, another person -- the person who allegedly committed a DUI -- suffered serious injuries.

The accident occurred at around 3:50 a.m. on a Friday at two boulevards. Police reported that a woman who was thought to be intoxicated was driving south along one street. All of a sudden, she reportedly blew through a red light.

Authorities said the woman ended up crashing into a vehicle that was going east along a street. A third vehicle was also struck when the first two vehicles spun around as a result of the collision. The woman who died was in a different vehicle from the alleged drunk driver's. Paramedics attempted to give her emergency care, but she was pronounced deceased while in an ambulance.

The woman who is said to have caused the accident due to drunk driving is presumed innocent until and unless her guilt can be proven in court. At trial, prosecutors have to prove her DUI charge beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be handed down. Rather than going to trial, the defendant may decide to try to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, which may lead to a lighter charge and therefore a more lenient sentence than what would be imposed following a guilty finding at trial. In either situation, the criminal defense will ensure that all of the defendant's rights are upheld during all stages of the criminal proceedings in the state of California.

Source: nbclosangeles.com, "1 Woman Dies, 1 Suffers Serious Injuries in Van Nuys Crash", Dec. 23, 2016

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