It may be difficult to imagine what goes through a person’s mind if he or she is involved in a car accident. Often, some people panic and react in a way that may seem contrary to what is typically expected. Unfortunately, police in California have accused a driver of vehicular manslaughter after she allegedly fled from the scene of an accident that is said to have resulted in a fatality.

The incident happened on a day in mid-July. According to reports, surveillance footage in the area shows a vehicle speeding in an area near an intersection. The vehicle allegedly struck a 39-year-old woman who was walking in the area. Unfortunately, both the woman and her unborn child died at the scene of the collision.

Police claim that the driver of the vehicle, allegedly a 31-year-old woman, did not remain at the scene. She is accused of stopping only after her vehicle struck a tree. Reports indicate that police believe the woman called someone who then came to pick her up at the scene. The driver was recently taken into custody.

The woman now faces accusations of vehicular manslaughter as a result of the California accident. While a fatal accident is always a tragedy and the desire for justice is understandable, a person is considered not guilty unless there is sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Often, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help those facing such charges examine the evidence against them and create a plan to respond to charges.