The California Highway Patrol arrested a man after they say he killed a child and injured another in a Sonoma County motor vehicle accident. The man was also injured in the reported DUI crash. The single-car accident took place along Highway 1 on a Saturday night.
How the accident happened
The recent California accident took place at around 10:25 p.m. According to police, a man was driving a pickup truck and suddenly left the roadway on the right side. He then reportedly ascended a dirt embankment before rolling over onto the highway.
An infant, just a year old, was killed in the crash. Meanwhile, a 4-year-old child suffered minor injuries. Authorities reported that the male pickup driver, 19 years old, was driving while intoxicated at the time of the wreck. He was taken to a medical center with injuries before being arrested on charges of felony DUI, vehicular manslaughter linked to DUI, having a firearm unsecured in the motor vehicle and child endangerment.
The man facing DUI charges in California may attempt to fight the charges at trial, where prosecutors must prove the formal accusations beyond a reasonable doubt. This high standard exists with the goal of protecting innocent people from being convicted for crimes they did not commit. The alternative to going to trial is seeking a plea agreement with the prosecution, which may result in lesser charges and a lighter sentence than what may result from a guilty finding at trial. An attorney can help the man determine the best route depending on the circumstances surrounding his arrest.