Every person who has driven on California roads has likely had a moment where they have momentarily drifted across a dividing line. Something as simple as a curve on an unfamiliar road can have such a result even for an attentive, safe driver. Typically, such an oversight is relatively easy to correct, but police have recently arrested and charged a man with vehicular manslaughter who they say did so.
The incident that led to the man’s arrest reportedly occurred on a day in early April. A man is said to have been driving a pickup truck south on a California roadway at approximately 9:30 p.m. Police say that the pickup truck crossed into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with a northbound vehicle. It is unclear what police believe caused the man to cross the dividing line.
The driver of the oncoming vehicle, a 64-year-old man, died at the scene. His wife and son were injured. It is unclear if the driver of the pickup was injured, but he was recently charged with vehicular manslaughter. He is currently being held on a $125,000 bond.
The decisions that the defendant makes in the coming weeks will likely have a significant impact on the rest of his life. To help ensure that he has all the information he needs to make informed decisions regarding the vehicular manslaughter charge he faces, he may choose to seek guidance from a criminal defense attorney with experience handling such cases. People in California facing criminal charges often feel more confidence in the decisions they make when they have someone knowledgeable about the law on their side.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, “Sacramento man charged in crash that killed former Truckee football coach“, Cathy Locke, July 12, 2017