Accidents can happen at any moment. Because of this, there are certain safety features of vehicles, such as seat belts, that can protect drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, three people recently lost their lives in a car accident in California, prompting accusations of vehicular manslaughter.

The incident happened at approximately 9:30 p.m. on a day in mid-May. Police claim that a 21-year-old male was driving recklessly and speeding when his vehicle struck a sports utility vehicle. Reports indicate that three people in the SUV, a 39-year-old woman and two juveniles, were ejected from the vehicle and died. According to police, the three deceased victims were apparently not wearing their seat belts.

Five other people in the SUV are said to have suffered injuries; five vehicles were ultimately involved. A representative for the California Highway Patrol claims that officers are trained to recognize signs of marijuana impairment and believe that the male driver was under the influence at the time. Though he was taken into custody, it is unclear what signs he exhibited that made police suspect him of impairment.

The unexpected loss of life is always tragic, and the desire to blame someone is understandable. However, there must be sufficient evidence to support charges of vehicular manslaughter, among others, to gain a conviction. Because of the seriousness of the accusations against the young California man, the man may choose to seek advice from a professional who has experience with such cases. With such help, he may have more confidence in the decisions he must make as he navigates the criminal justice system.

Source:, “Suspect in deadly DUI marijuana crash due in court“, Chris Nguyen, May 16, 2018