A 29-year-old man from California is believed to have been drunk the night he crashed into an SUV on the 91 freeway in late February. Two people died as a result of the crash.
The car accident occurred in the early morning hours. The man allegedly lost control of his vehicle, veering onto the right shoulder of the road. He crashed into a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SUV that was stopped on the side of the road. The SUV had four people inside. Officers from the California Highway Patrol responded to the crash. First responders transported two individuals in the SUV to UC Irvine Medical Center. The two backseat passengers, a 70-year-old man and a 94-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the hospital an hour after the crash occurred.
A 93-year-old man and a 52-year-old man were in the front seat of the SUV and received minor injuries. They were taken to OC Global Medical Center for treatment. The 29-year-old man received major injuries in the crash and was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment. He is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol although no blood alcohol level has been reported.
Those suspected of a DUI face severe penalties in California. These consequences may include license suspension or revocation, installation of ignition interlock devices, hefty fines or prison time. It’s important that those who are charged with a DUI protect their future. A lawyer might be able to help by negotiating reduced or dropped charges for their client. In this case, a lawyer might get the drunk driving charges dropped if the blood alcohol tests taken at the hospital were mishandled by the hospital or lab. A lawyer may be able to show that their client’s rights were violated, and the drunk driving charges may be reduced or dismissed.