When a person is involved in a traffic accident, there is always a moment of panic. For some, their first reaction due to the biological responses of their bodies may be to flee. Unfortunately, a young man in California now faces serious criminal charges, potentially including vehicular manslaughter, after he was allegedly involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

The incident happened at approximately 6 a.m. According to police reports, an 18-year-old was driving his father’s pickup truck. Police say that the driver swerved off the road. As a result, police claim, the truck struck a 43-year-old jogger.

Reports indicate that the young driver fled the scene. Police reportedly set up a tip line and received an anonymous tip directing them to the truck’s location. The driver is said to have turned himself in and is now facing multiple criminal charges. Law enforcement officials are reportedly also considering criminal charges against the teenager’s passenger.

In addition to a possible charge of vehicular manslaughter, the driver could also be charged with felony hit-and-run and driving without a driver’s license. Unfortunately, criminal charges can be intimidating regardless of a person’s age, but the criminal justice system may seem especially so for someone so young. To help him fully understand the potential charges and guide him through all stages of the process, he may want an attorney with experience with criminal defense in California on his side. Often, such a professional can help defendants have more confidence in the decisions that they must make.