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Test driver faces DUI charges following fatal crash

One man in California is accused of killing a car salesman after driving under the influence of drugs. The alleged DUI accident took place on a recent Tuesday. It occurred in the early afternoon.

According to police, witnesses told them that an individual was driving a red sports car at speeds near 70 mph. The driver then suddenly lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree at a little before 1 p.m. The man who was driving the vehicle was actually test driving it and is said to have been driving under the influence of drugs.

A car salesman, age 43, was killed in the reported DUI accident; he died after being taken to the hospital. The man who police said drove the red car and caused the collision is now facing charges of felony driving under the influence of drugs. He is also facing vehicular manslaughter charges.

The possible consequences of a criminal conviction on the man's drug DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges are severe. Thus, the man must focus on preparing a criminal defense -- with the help of legal counsel -- for the pending court proceedings. The defendant may decide to proceed to trial on the merits of the case to contest the criminal charges, which must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt before a conviction can be secured, or he might be presented with the opportunity to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. The potential benefit of plea bargaining is that it may lead to lighter charges and/or a lighter sentence for the accused. It is within the right of the California defendant to seek the most personal favorable outcome considering his circumstances.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Test Drive Leaves Car Salesman Dead, Driver Facing DUI Charges", Nina Golgowski, Feb. 24, 2016

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