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Driver faces DUI charges after fatal crash in California

It is important to obey the rules of the road when operating a motor vehicle. However, when one indulges in alcohol, it becomes more difficult to control one's vehicle. This could increase the chance of failing to adhere to the rules of the road, which can cause an accident. Apparently, this may have been what happened in a recent car accident that resulted in one driver facing a DUI charge in California.

The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. one evening in late October. A man had been driving his Volvo along a highway heading northbound. At the same time another man, 45, had been driving his Nissan pickup truck going the opposite direction on the highway. For some reason, the driver of the Nissan ended up letting his truck cross over the double yellow lines and crashed head-on into the vehicle heading northbound.

The man driving the Volvo also had his 68-year-old wife along with him as a passenger. She ended up dying as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to a local medical facility via helicopter to receive treatment for major injuries. The authorities suspect the driver of the Nissan to have been under the influence of alcohol, and they are currently investigating the incident to obtain a clearer picture as to what had happened.

The driver of the Nissan will want to pay close attention to the findings of the investigation by authorities. The prosecution will undoubtedly use evidence discovered in pursuing the DUI charges against the man in the court of law in California. However, understanding how the evidence and facts of the case are applied to relevant laws can help in formulating an appropriate and effective legal defense strategy.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "DUI suspected in fatal Old 395 collision", Pauline Repard, October 24, 2015

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