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Vehicular manslaughter charge months after fatal bike crash

There are a variety of different ways to legally use California roadways. While some users choose a traditional motor vehicle, others choose to ride a bicycle. Though most are happily willing to share the road regardless of the chosen method of transportation, an accident involving a pickup truck and a bicycle can easily prove fatal because of the size difference and relative lack of protection that a cyclist has. Despite this, a man in California is now charged with a vehicular manslaughter charge after he claims a cyclist veered toward his pickup truck.

Though the accident happened in July 2018, charges were only recently filed against the 87-year-old driver of a pickup truck. Reports indicate that the 75-year-old victim was riding his bicycle on a rural California road when he attempted to maneuver around a crumbled portion of the roadway. Unfortunately, the driver of the pickup truck claims that the cyclist turned into his path as the former attempted to pass from the rear.

Be mindful of all laws when out clubbing with friends

For university students and college-age young adults, going clubbing in Southern California hot nightspots is a treasured rite of passage. There is also no doubt that youthful energy and exuberance can be a beautiful sight to behold.

But while there is nothing inherently wrong with club-hopping with a posse of friends, it's possible to land yourself in legal hot water while doing so.

California police suspect drunk driving a factor in crash

Car accidents happen for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, a driver could become disoriented, resulting in a wrong turn or miscalculation, for example. However, law enforcement officers may be quick to assume that an accident is the result of drugs or alcohol. In fact, reports indicate that drunk driving is suspected in a recent car accident in California.

The incident reportedly happened just after 1:30 p.m. on a day in early March. According to reports, law enforcement officers received several calls reporting a southbound driver of a pickup truck in the northbound high-occupancy vehicle lanes of a California interstate. Soon after, callers reported the alleged wrong-way vehicle crashed into a northbound pickup truck.

College student faces drug charges over an app

Often, people who are in college have big plans for their future. They may even have products they want to develop and sell in the future, for example. Unfortunately, a California college student is facing state and federal drug charges over an app that he allegedly created to sell drugs.

The investigation that led to the teenager's arrest reportedly began in Nov. 2018. According to reports, a campus police officer noticed fliers around campus advertising an app called the Banana Plug. The school's mascot is reportedly a banana slug, and "plug" is allegedly a slang word that refers to a drug dealer.

Parents may not okay their kids use substances at home

Most parents know that they will have to confront the weighty subjects of alcohol, cigarettes and drugs at some point. Nobody wants their child to be brought home in a squad car that just broke up a party. That is why one approach parents have sometimes taken this is allowing their underage children to partake as long as they do so with their supervision.

Despite some parents having done this over the years, knowingly permitting a minor to drink, smoke or take drugs in their home is against the law. Allowing this behavior can lead to serious charges for the parent which can result in heavy fines and even jail time.

Visibility questioned in California vehicular manslaughter case

When a family loses a loved one unexpectedly, their need for answers is understandable. When that loss comes as the result of a traffic accident, the answers may sometimes be surprising. For example, a man in California is now questioning the safety of a crosswalk after his father was killed while crossing it. Despite this, a driver is charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The incident happened on a day in February. A 70-year-old man was reportedly crossing the street at a crosswalk when he was hit by a vehicle. Police claim that the driver of the vehicle did not remain at the scene. However, a 25-year-old man has since been taken into custody.

Questions surround California bowling alley murder case

When a crime occurs, especially one that results in multiple deaths, there is an understandable need for answers. The community wants assurances that they are safe, and police want to show that they are doing their jobs. However, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Despite this, there are many questions that still surround a murder case in California.

The incident that led to charges reportedly happened at a bowling alley on a day in early January. Though details are sparse, a witness claims that an altercation that blocked the entrance broke out and lasted approximately five minutes. The witness describes the incident as "complete chaos" and said he heard 15 shots fired.

California woman accused of drunk driving with toddler

People travel California highways at a variety of different times for a variety of different reasons. Despite this, police may be quick to assume that a person who is driving during the early morning hours is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials suspect that a woman was drunk driving with a toddler in her vehicle.

The incident that led to the woman's arrest happened during the early morning hours of a day in early February. According to reports, deputies attempted to stop the woman, suspecting her of driving under the influence. However, deputies claim that the woman refused to pull over, prompting a pursuit that allegedly reached speeds of 70 mph.

California teenager charged with vehicular manslaughter

The vast majority of drivers in California and across the country go to great lengths to follow all safety measures. However, even the most careful drivers can still become involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials may be quick to assume that a person involved in a crash under certain circumstances was driving under the influence. In fact, a teenager was recently charged with vehicular manslaughter following a fatal crash.

The incident that led to the 18-year-old male's arrest happened just before midnight on a day in late January. According to reports, the teen was headed north on a California interstate. For reasons that are unclear, his vehicle drifted over onto the dirt divider, striking paddle makers. He then steered right, causing the vehicle to re-enter northbound lanes before crossing all lanes of traffic and going down an embankment.

Drunk driving believed to be factor in California crash

Car accidents happen at various times of the day for a variety of different reasons. Regardless of this, it may be easy to make assumptions about the cause of an accident that happens under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, a man in California has recently been accused of drunk driving after he was allegedly involved in a fiery crash.

Police reportedly responded to the scene of an accident that happened one night on a day in mid-January. According to reports, a vehicle slowed to make a turn. The driver of the car behind the slowing vehicle allegedly failed to slow, resulting in a collision.

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