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DUI charge filed against man involved in pedestrian accident

One man currently faces a drunk driving charge following a fatal accident in California. According to police, the man hit a pedestrian. The alleged DUI accident took place on a Sunday night.

According to witnesses, a woman was running across traffic lanes along State Route 76. One witness reported that the woman did not look for any oncoming traffic and ended up being hit near a bridge on Interstate 5. Authorities said a Ford sport utility vehicle that was going east struck her.

The man, 46, who was driving the vehicle pulled over. After police arrived at the accident scene, interviewed him and completed an investigation, the man was arrested. He has been accused of drunk driving. The woman whom he reportedly struck was taken to the hospital by helicopter and ended up dying as a result of her injuries. She was anywhere from 30 to 40 years of age.

When people are accused of DUI in the state of California, they may decide to go to trial to fight the charges if they feel this is in their best interests. Otherwise, the criminal defense may recommend striking a plea deal with prosecutors, if one is offered. The advantage of a plea deal is that it may lead to a lighter charge and thus a lighter sentence for the accused compared to what would typically result at trial following being found guilty. Defense counsel will pursue the option that appears to be the most favorable for the defendant given the circumstances surrounding the criminal case.

Source: sandiegouniontribune.com, "Suspected DUI driver kills pedestrian in Oceanside", Lauryn Schroeder, July 4, 2016

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