All drivers in California have likely experienced a situation where their vehicle has drifted off the side of the road briefly. When something like that occurs, it is easy for drivers to panic, causing them to overreact. Unfortunately, a teenager now faces a charge of vehicular manslaughter after he allegedly overcorrected, causing an accident.
The incident happened on a day in June. California Highway Patrol officers claim that the 19-year-old driver had been smoking pot with friends on a beach prior to the accident. Police say that his vehicle drifted right, and the driver lost control. The vehicle then allegedly spun into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
A passenger in the first vehicle, an 18-year-old male, passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the collision. Another passenger of that same vehicle and the two occupants of the oncoming vehicle were also injured, according to reports. Reports indicate that the latter have since been released from the hospital. The teenage driver now faces multiple charges, including vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of marijuana, among others.
The lives of those involved in the accident will likely be completely altered as a result. The vehicular manslaughter and other charges against the driver are serious and could have life-changing consequences. As such, the decisions that the young California man makes will likely have a significant impact on the rest of his life. Having an experienced attorney by his side as he navigates the criminal justice system will likely allow him to have confidence in the decisions that he makes.