Driving at night already has additional challenges due to decreased visibility. Because of that, any unexpected obstacles in the roadway may make it difficult to appropriately and adequately react. For example, drivers may fail to notice a pedestrian in travel lanes of a highway in time to maneuver around due to poor lighting. Unfortunately, a man in California is now accused of drunk driving after he allegedly struck a pedestrian.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. on a day in September. Reports indicate that a 49-year-old man was headed north on a California roadway. Police say that the man’s vehicle struck a pedestrian who was in one of the travel lanes. It is unclear whether the pedestrian, who reportedly suffered serious injuries but is expected to survive, was in a lane of traffic or if he was in a well-lit crosswalk.

Police say that although the alleged driver left the scene of the accident, he returned soon after. It is also unclear how it was determined that the man was driving under the influence of alcohol. He has since been arrested and booked into a county jail.

Many people in California who find themselves accused of drunk driving are unfamiliar with the criminal justice system. As a result, they may be unsure about certain elements of their case and what would be the most appropriate response. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help them understand their options, allowing them to make informed decisions, including whether to fight charges in court or accept a plea deal.

Source: South San Francisco, CA Patch, “Serious Injuries Reported To Pedestrian In Alleged DUI Crash In South San Francisco“, Sept. 13, 2017