The vast majority of drivers in California and across the country go to great lengths to follow all safety measures. However, even the most careful drivers can still become involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials may be quick to assume that a person involved in a crash under certain circumstances was driving under the influence. In fact, a teenager was recently charged with vehicular manslaughter following a fatal crash.

The incident that led to the 18-year-old male’s arrest happened just before midnight on a day in late January. According to reports, the teen was headed north on a California interstate. For reasons that are unclear, his vehicle drifted over onto the dirt divider, striking paddle makers. He then steered right, causing the vehicle to re-enter northbound lanes before crossing all lanes of traffic and going down an embankment.

The vehicle reportedly overturned, and a 21-year-old male passenger was partially ejected. He died at the scene. Law enforcement officials reportedly conducted a DUI investigation, ultimately making the determination that the driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision and driving without a license. He was arrested.

In addition to a DUI charge, the man is also charged with vehicular manslaughter. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of being involved in a fatal accident, certain signs of shock and disbelief could be similar to those of intoxication. The young man allegedly driving at the time of the accident is now facing serious accusations, and the decisions he makes now will likely have a significant impact on the rest of his life. In all criminal cases in California and across the country, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard, purposefully set high to avoid wrongful convictions, is often difficult to meet.