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Woman accused of DUI may have been on medication, police say

A California woman is behind bars following a fatal wreck outside of a church. The woman was arrested for DUI and also on vehicular manslaughter charges. Before being booked, the driver was first transported to the hospital, where she was treated for injuries that she suffered in the wreck.

The wreck occurred as people where leaving a Christmas performance at a local church. As some of the attendees crossed the road, they were apparently struck by an oncoming vehicle. Multiple people in the crosswalk were injured and four others suffered fatal injuries. 

Some witnesses reported seeing the driver of the vehicle swerve or even run a red light. The driver was subjected to a toxicology test. Although the results from that test are still pending, police now believe that the driver may have been under the influence of prescription medication. As the driver's vehicle was specifically modified for a disabled driver with features such as additional mirrors and extra hand controls, it's possible that the prescription medication may have been her own. 

Bond has been at $300,000, which the woman had not posted as of the last report. Although she has no criminal record, the potential consequences for a DUI conviction under these circumstances can be devastating. Particularly with charges as serious as this, prison time served following a conviction could be extensive. Those facing DUI or related charges in California may find it beneficial to focus on preparing a solid defense platform alongside their counsel before determining how to proceed in their own best interests.

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Fourth Victim, 6-Year-Old Boy, Dies in Church Christmas Show DUI Crash", Jonathan Lloyd and Kevin LaBeach, Dec. 19, 2014

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