DUI charge follows death of passenger in fiery Highway 99 crash

DUI charge follows death of passenger in fiery Highway 99 crash

Officers of the California Highway Patrol are trying to trace the steps of a driver in the hours leading up to a fiery crash. The 35-year-old driver, who admitted to having been consuming alcohol before taking to the road, will face a felony DUI charge and more when he is booked upon his release from the hospital. He suffered serious internal injuries in a wrong-way crash on a recent Monday evening.

While monitoring Caltrans roadworks at about 11:30 p.m., CHP officers saw a northbound sedan enter the southbound traffic lanes on Highway 99. After traveling several miles, they say the car smashed head-on into another vehicle, causing that vehicle to roll over. The 30-year-old driver of that car was rushed to a hospital with severe internal injuries.

The car continued in the wrong direction and struck a second vehicle after crossing two traffic lanes. A 33-year-old driver whose minor injuries were treated at the accident scene drove that car. This second collision caused the northbound car to roll over before it burst into flames on the shoulder of the road. Although rescue workers managed to extricate the driver, they failed to save the life of his passenger — a 31-year-old California man.

When a California driver is accused of drunk driving and causing the death of another person, he or she will likely realize the gravity of the situation. In such circumstances, an experienced criminal defense attorney who can examine the charges and the evidence against the driver will best serve his or her interests. Until the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the DUI charge will remain an allegation.

Source: mercedsunstar.com, “One dead, two injured in fiery drunken driving crash in Merced County“, Rob Parsons, June 27, 2017

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