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Car wreck with Uber vehicle prompts DUI charges

Three people were injured and another killed in a car accident involving an Uber vehicle. California authorities arrested one of the injured individuals on allegations of driving while under the influence, which they believe might have played a role in the fatal accident. The defendant is currently behind bars on DUI charges, although he has the option to post bail. 

Uber is a popular service used for ride-sharing as an alternative to finding and hailing down cabs. Shortly before the wreck, police claim that two individuals exited a bar and entered an Uber vehicle that they had already called for. While the vehicle proceeded through an intersection, another car struck it from the side. 

Ultimately, one of the Uber vehicle's passengers suffered fatal injuries and apparently died from chest trauma some time later at the hospital. The other passenger also suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local trauma center for treatment. Both drivers reported suffering from minor injuries and were also transported to the hospital, but upon release the other driver was arrested for a felony DUI and placed behind bars. His bail was set at $100,000.

Convictions for felony DUI charges can result in life-long criminal records that might fairly preclude some people in California from employment and educational opportunities. In the short-term, consequences also include time spent behind bars and steep fines that must be paid. Fortunately, the burden of proof does not lie with the defendant. According to the law, in order to secure any type of conviction, the prosecution must be able to prove that every aspect of a criminal charge is both valid and true.

Source: dailypilot.com, "Police: Irvine woman dies after suspected drunk driver hits Uber cab", Jeremiah Dobruck, July 7, 2015

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