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Man charged with DUI after fatal Sacramento car accident

A 58-year-old man struck and killed a well-known runner from Sacramento on April 27 at approximately 10:45 p.m. in South Sacramento. The man allegedly struck a woman who was running, Although she initially survived, the woman succumbed to her injuries several days later at the hospital.

The victim who was struck by the car was memory impaired and a prominent runner known to her community. The morning before the accident, she went missing. Police searched for her all day and into the evening. Unfortunately, they didn't find her in time.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver who hit the woman saw her in front of him walking in the roadway. He reportedly tried to brake, but could not stop before striking the woman. Emergency responders rushed the woman to the hospital in critical condition. Eventually, family members chose to take her off life support.

The driver who struck the woman remained at the crash site. Police interviewed him and decided that he was intoxicated. They booked him into the Sacramento County Jail. The question is, will this man be charged with manslaughter in addition to DUI considering that the woman had been walking in the roadway?

A driver convicted of DUI manslaughter in California could spend many years in jail. If you run the risk of being convicted of such an offense, you will want to take your criminal defense seriously. A drunk driving defense lawyer can help you evaluate the facts of your case, your potential punishments in the event of conviction and help you determine the wisest course of action to take in your criminal court proceedings.

Source: Sacramento Bee, "Drunk driving suspected in collision that killed Sacramento runner," Bill Lindelof, May 01, 2017

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