When an accident happens in California — especially one that results in a fatality — there is an understandable need for answers. Unfortunately, some accidents can take a lengthy period of time to properly sort out. Despite this, a woman now faces multiple criminal charges, including vehicular manslaughter, after she was allegedly involved in a fatal accident.
The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in late August. It is said to have involved a sport utility vehicle driven by a 27-year-old woman and a passenger van carrying the members of two punk bands, which was pulling a trailer. Police claim that the woman’s SUV hit the van’s trailer.
Unfortunately, the van is said to have flipped as a result of the collision, ejecting the van’s driver and another occupant. The former passed away while the latter is said to have suffered critical injuries. All of the van’s occupants were transported to the hospital for treatment.
In addition to the vehicular manslaughter charge, the California woman is also charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance, felony DUI causing death and being an unlicensed driver. It is unclear how police determined her level of sobriety and what controlled substance police believe she had consumed. While an accident such as this is always a tragedy, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to convict someone of a crime. Because of the woman’s precarious situation as a result of the charges she faces, she may feel more comfortable with an experienced criminal defense attorney on her side while she responds to the accusations.