Drivers must be constantly on the lookout while they are driving. However, even the most vigilant of drivers may be unable to properly respond to unexpected conditions. For example, a person sitting in the roadway may be difficult to see, potentially resulting in a collision. Despite this, a California driver is now facing an accusation of vehicular manslaughter after his vehicle allegedly struck a man in the roadway.
The incident happened at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a day in November. According to reports, the 53-year-old victim was sitting in the roadway. Police say that he was struck by a white van driven by a 36-year-old man.
The driver is accused of leaving the scene but has since been arrested. Though he was initially held on on $80,000 bail, records indicate that he is no longer being held in prison. It is unclear how police were able to make an identification of the driver of the van. The identity of the deceased man, who is believed to have been homeless, has not been released as police search for relatives.
In addition to an accusation of vehicular manslaughter, the driver is also suspected of felony hit-and-run. Despite the accusations made against the man, police are still seeking additional information about the incident. Because of the serious accusations against the driver in California, he may want an experienced criminal defense attorney who is is familiar with such cases guiding him throughout the process, informing him of his options and their potential outcomes, and ensuring that he is treated lawfully.