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California woman may face DUI charges after pedestrian injured

Anyone can be accused of committing a crime. One recent unusual example is that of an elderly California woman who has been arrested and is facing serious DUI charges in connection to an accident involving her vehicle and a pedestrian. Reports indicate that a 24-year-old man was struck by a vehicle driven by an 83-year-old woman as he crossed the road. The man sustained serious injuries in the accident and is said to have suffered severe injuries.

The woman driving the car that struck the man cooperated with police following the accident. Investigators reportedly evaluated the driver for driving under the influence, though early reports do not indicate why they suspected DUI. She was arrested following the accident, though the specific charges against her were not detailed in a news report.

The accident occurred near the UC Berkeley campus at Spruce Street and Hearst Avenue. Due to the serious nature of the pedestrian's injuries, the Fatal Accident Investigation Team was assigned to the incident and is investigating. Police are still seeking information about the collision to determine exactly what happened.

There are many factors that must be considered in an accident such as this one. First and foremost, the woman has every right to present a criminal defense against the DUI charges. Moving forward, her defense may examine the actions of police at the scene, during and after the arrest. In addition, the details of the accident may be reviewed to determine if the pedestrian was crossing appropriately and in conformance with the law. As this case moves forward through the California criminal justice system, the accused woman is entitled to the same presumption of innocence that protects every individual accused of a crime in our state.

Source: Berkeleyside.com, "Woman arrested in DUI collision, victim critical condition," Tracey Taylor, Oct. 1, 2012

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