Car accidents happen every day in California for a variety of different reasons; some occur for reasons as simple as a slight driver miscalculation. When an accident involves a driver of a certain age and happens at a certain time of day, law enforcement officers may sometimes leap to the conclusion that alcohol was a factor, even if there is little evidence to support such claims. Unfortunately, a driver now faces accusations of vehicular manslaughter, among others, following a recent fatal crash.
The incident happened on a Sunday in August. According to reports, a car plunged off a ramp that connects Highway 24 to Interstate 680. Many details regarding how the accident happened are unclear.
Unfortunately, two teenagers, a 17-year-old male and an 18-year-old male, were killed in the crash. Two other occupants, both female teenagers, suffered serious injuries. The driver, an 18-year-old, was also injured in the crash. A spokesperson with the California Highway Patrol claims that the accident was alcohol-related and preventable.
Despite the allegations made by CHP, the driver’s family members dispute them, claiming that since toxicology reports have not been completed, there is not evidence to support that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. Meanwhile, the young driver — a recent high school graduate — faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and DUI. Because of the seriousness of the charges that she faces, the teen driver may want an experienced criminal defense attorney on her side to examine the evidence against her and create an appropriate response to the allegations.