Car accidents happen every day on California roadways. They have varying levels of severity and can be caused due to a variety of different reasons. In many cases, they are caused by simple driver error. However, police say that a recent fatal crash was the result of drunk driving.

The incident happened on a day in mid-July. According to reports, an eastbound vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a car head-on. Unfortunately, the driver of the second vehicle died, allegedly as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Police say that witnesses claim the driver of the eastbound vehicle was weaving in and out of traffic. The man now faces multiple charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter and second-degree murder. Recently in court, he is being held on over $1,000,000 bail.

Many of the details of the case are unclear, including the man’s blood alcohol content at the time of the accident and how it was determined. Despite the charges against him, he is considered not guilty unless proved otherwise. To prevent wrongful convictions, the court demands a high standard of proof for a conviction. Because many people in California facing allegations of drunk driving and other crimes have little experience with the legal system, they often seek help from someone who can help them fully understand their cases. With such a professional on their side, they are often more prepared to make informed decisions regarding the direction their cases will follow, including whether to fight the charges in court or accept a plea deal. 

Source:, “The man arrested in the Taft Highway DUI deadly crash was in court Thursday“, Allison Gargaro, July 20, 2017