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Reported DUI crash leads to death of motorcyclist

An alleged drunk driving accident recently claimed the life of a motorcyclist in California. The crash also led to the arrest of the driver of a car involved in the accident. The arrested man now faces DUI charges.

Police arrived at the crash scene at about 7:20 p.m. They said they found the man on the motorcycle to be unresponsive. Although emergency personnel attempted to save his life, he ended up being pronounced deceased at the crash scene. He was 28.

Witnesses reportedly told police that the people in the car that had hit the motorcycle left the crash scene on foot. Some witnesses followed these car occupants and told police where they had gone. Authorities were able to find and arrest the 25-year-old driver of the car. His charges include DUI as well as hit-and-run.

When individuals in California are charged with DUI, they have the right to proceed to trial to fight these charges. Alternatively, they might decide to pursue plea agreements with the prosecution, if available. The terms of a plea deal that the prosecution offers typically depends on the strength of the prosecution's evidence. When the evidence is strong, a plea deal might offer the advantage of a more lenient sentence than what would usually be rendered should a conviction be secured at trial. In either situation, defense counsel will strive to protect the client's legal rights while simultaneously pushing for the most personally favorable outcome for the accused -- one that is ultimately in his or her best interests.

Source: kron4.com, "Motorcyclist dies in crash with suspected drunk driver in Pittsburg", Oct. 23, 2016

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