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Man arrested for DUI after passenger killed in car crash

A man has been taken into custody in California after reportedly causing a drunk driving accident. The accident occurred early in the morning on a recent Monday. Another man passed away in the alleged DUI accident.

Police said at around 2 a.m., a car hit a concrete wall on a street. The collision destroyed the car's engine and caused the passenger, who was not wearing a safety belt, to suffer fatal injuries. The deceased victim was 22 years old when he died.

The driver, 24, was arrested for allegedly drinking and driving and was then taken to the hospital. There, he received treatment for facial cuts and an ankle that was fractured. Police said they planned to study video from cameras located on streets in the area of the crash to see if speed also contributed to the motor vehicle collision.

The man facing a DUI charge may decide to proceed to trial to aggressively fight this charge. He cannot legally be convicted until and unless prosecutors can prove each element of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt -- an often difficult feat. An alternative option is that the man may seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution, as this might result in a lesser charge and, therefore, a lighter sentence than he might face if found guilty at trial. An attorney in California will examine the evidence that the prosecutors plan to present to support the DUI charge, with the goal being to pinpoint weaknesses in it. The attorney's aim is to achieve the best outcome for the client given the circumstances surrounding his DUI arrest.

Source: sacbee.com, "Passenger killed, driver arrested in suspected DUI crash Monday", Benjy Egel, Dec. 11, 2017

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