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Woman faces felony DUI charge following fatal hit-and-run

A pedestrian recently died in a California hit-and-run crash that took place on a Monday. Police said the woman who caused the crash was driving while intoxicated at the time of the collision. Police eventually found and arrested the woman after the alleged DUI crash.

The wreck occurred at about 6:20 a.m. Witnesses reported seeing the 29-year-old woman's car hit a man who was on the sidewalk. The man flew into her windshield due to the high rate of speed at which she was traveling. He then landed on the woman's front passenger seat.

Police said the woman kept driving for about a mile with the man's body lodged in her front seat. During this time, one the man's legs reportedly became detached and ended up flying through the car's back window and hitting the car trunk. She is said to have then parked her vehicle in a cul-de-sac before walking home. After her boyfriend reported her to police and she was arrested, the woman was charged with vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony DUI.

A felony DUI conviction in California can result in a prison sentence. However, a felony charge cannot turn into a conviction unless the prosecution is able to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, with appropriate and relevant evidence. Instead of going to trial, the defendant may choose to seek to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecution. In similar cases, a criminal defense team would strive to get a client's felony charge reduced, which could lead to a more lenient sentence for the accused compared with what may be imposed if the client were to be found guilty at trial.

Source: NBC San Diego, "DUI Suspect Drives With Body Lodged in Car for a Mile After Hit-And-Run: PD", Samantha Tatro, Megan Tevrizian and Vanessa Herrera, June 28, 2016

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