A car accident can happen at any moment for a variety of different of reasons. Often, when an accident has devastating consequences, law enforcement officials may want to make sure that there is someone who can be held responsible, sometimes resulting in suspicions not fully supported by evidence. Unfortunately, a recent crash in California has resulted in the death of two people; a man has since been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. Reports indicate that the two victims were returning home after attending a holiday celebration with family. Police claim that a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old man ultimately sparked an accident that resulted in the death of a 33-year-old woman and her 9-year-old daughter. The woman’s son, who was also in the truck, was uninjured.

The male driver was taken into custody, suspected of driving under the influence. Though he was soon released due to lack of evidence, the district attorney claims that additional evidence prompted them to arrest the man again; it is unclear what evidence was discovered. He recently pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, vehicular manslaughter, assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

The death of two family members in California is tragic, and the desire to hold someone accountable for that loss is understandable. However, in order to convict someone of criminal charges, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt. To help the man respond to the vehicular manslaughter and other charges he faces, he may want an experienced professional on his side to guide him throughout the process.