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Driver in fatal California wreck accused of DUI, manslaughter

The only survivor of a tragic, single-vehicle wreck is behind bars following allegations that he may have been intoxicated at the time of the wreck. California authorities did not take the driver into custody at the scene of the accident, but instead made the arrest later after the driver had returned to his home. Currently, police suspect him of both DUI as well as felony vehicular manslaughter.

Three 18-year-old women, a 24-year-old man and the man who was arrested were all in the vehicle when the driver apparently lost control of it and collided with a drainage ditch. The ditch is located at an area of the road that has an exceptionally hard curve. The resulting accident caused the vehicle to end up in a creek, with the driver as the lone survivor. The driver was transported to an area hospital and treated for what were apparently major injuries suffered in the wreck.

California police claim that they found drug paraphernalia, controlled substances and a container of alcohol inside of the vehicle after the accident. Although it is not clear if the driver's blood-alcohol content was ever measured, he was arrested for DUI sometime after being released from the hospital. So far, no charges have been filed for any of the other alleged substances found in the man's car.

Accidents that end in the tragic loss of life can be exceptionally difficult for all of those involved, including the driver blamed with causing the accident. DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges can have a myriad of consequences if a person is convicted, including jail time, steep fines and other penalties. With so much on the line, those accused must focus on structuring the most solid legal defense possible in order to combat the charges.

Source: CBS SF Bay Area, "Suspected DUI Driver In Gilroy Crash That Killed 4 Arrested", May 21, 2015

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