DUI charge follows rear-end crash that kills high school senior

DUI charge follows rear-end crash that kills high school senior

Three seniors of a high school in California were on their way home from Grad Night in the early morning hours of a recent Thursday. Reportedly, their car was stationary at a red light when another vehicle struck it from behind. The impact caused them to smash into another vehicle behind which they were stopped. Officials say one passenger received medical treatment at the scene, and the second passenger along with the driver was rushed to a hospital while the other driver faces a DUI charge.

The two passengers’ injuries allowed them to attend their graduation the following day while the 18-year-old driver remained in intensive care. Sadly, he only survived until the following Monday, when he succumbed to the injuries he suffered in the crash. According to the California Highway Patrol, a 27-year-old man drove the vehicle that rear-ended the car the seniors were in.

Officers say the driver of that vehicle was arrested and charged with suspicion of impaired driving and booked into a Ventura jail. He was subsequently released to await a future hearing. However, since the death of the teenager, the accused man may now have to face charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Any California driver who faces a DUI charge may choose to secure the support and guidance of an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can examine the charges and the evidence, including the alleged BAC level of the driver and the procedures used to determine that. Any person accused of a crime remains innocent until — and if — the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: thecamarilloacorn.com, “Rio Mesa senior killed day before graduation“, Daniel Wolowicz, June 23, 2017

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