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Car crash in California leads to DUI arrest

On Behalf of | Jun 1, 2023 | CRIMINAL LAW - Drunk Driving

A woman was recently arrested after a motor vehicle crash and accused of driving under the influence (DUI). The California accident occurred on State Route 76. One person died and four other individuals suffered injuries in the crash.

Events leading to the DUI arrest

The fatal accident occurred in San Diego County at about 9:10 p.m. According to police, a 23-year-old woman was driving east on State Route 76. Authorities said she suddenly entered the highway’s westbound lane and hit another car. This crash reportedly caused two more automobiles to crash.

A 65-year-old woman driving one of the automobiles that was struck was pronounced dead at the accident scene. Meanwhile, the woman who allegedly caused the accident, another motor vehicle driver and two people riding in these two vehicles were taken to a medical center with moderate or minor injuries. Another driver involved in the crash received treatment at the crash scene. The woman who is believed to have caused the crash may face vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI charges in connection with the accident.

Legal recourse available following the DUI arrest

The woman who was arrested for DUI has two options. She may attempt to negotiate a plea deal or go to trial. Prosecutors at trial would have to prove every element of the woman’s charges in court and beyond a reasonable doubt — a legal standard that is intentionally difficult to achieve — before a conviction can be secured. A plea deal might be a better choice if the evidence the prosecutor intends to present in court to support the charges appears strong. A DUI attorney in California can help a defendant make the most personally favorable decision possible based on the circumstances surrounding the DUI arrest.