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Man faces DUI charge following fatal crash

Two people died in a California motor vehicle accident that police said was due to drunk driving. The accident took place on a Monday morning. The man accused of causing the accident is currently facing DUI charges in criminal court.

Police said they received several calls about a motor vehicle accident along the 405 Freeway at around 9:30 a.m. Three family members were transported to the hospital following the accident. A girl, 7, was pronounced deceased, while her sister, 13, was said to be in critical condition. Meanwhile, their father suffered injuries described as moderate to major.

Authorities said the accident happened when a 36-year-old man driving another car breached the road's double yellow lines and entered the carpool lane in which the father and his two daughters were riding. At that point, the first vehicle ran into the back of the car carrying the three family members, pinning it against another vehicle. The man who police said caused the collision reportedly showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

A drunk driving charge in California can tarnish a person's reputation and make it difficult for a person to get a job or rent a car in the future if he or she ends up being convicted on the charge. However, a person accused of DUI has the right to fight the accusations at trial. There, prosecutors must prove each element of the crime/s charged beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can be secured. Defense counsel will fight to protect important legal rights and to seek the best possible outcome for the accused individual.

Source: latimes.com, "Suspected drunk driver kills 7-year-old girl in Seal Beach crash", Erica Evans, Aug. 15, 2016

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