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Man faces DUI charges after woman, daughters die

A man in California is accused of drinking and driving and causing a fatal crash as a result. A woman and her two daughters passed away in the motor vehicle crash. The man who reportedly caused the DUI accident is 27 years old.

According to police, the woman and her girls, ages 3 and 7, were crossing a street after heading home from a party when they were hit by the man. The accident occurred at around 10:20 p.m. Police said the man was driving too fast down the street. After the crash, he reportedly attempted to leave the accident scene, but people from the party were able to detain him.

The man now faces charges of vehicular manslaughter involving gross negligence while under the influence of alcohol (three felony counts). There are also sentencing enhancements related to causing significant bodily injury in the pedestrian crash. He was being held on a bail of $150,000.

If the man accused of DUI ends up being convicted, he may spend 16 years behind prison bars. However, no conviction can be secured unless prosecutors are able to prove every element of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt -- a burden that oftentimes is difficult to meet. A close examination of the evidence may very well be a chief focus of the criminal defense in this type of case. Defense counsel in the state of California will strive for the most personally favorable outcome for the accused individual while also ensuring that none of his relevant rights are violated during any steps of the criminal proceedings.

Source: ktla.com, "Man Charged in DUI Placentia Crash That Killed Mother, 2 Young Daughters", Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime, Aug. 23, 2016

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