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DUI charges may be filed in California bus-pedestrian accident

In California, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs carries stiff penalties. When someone is suspected of DUI, their lives can be shaken up as they go through the investigative process and enter the justice system. A California school bus driver may be learning just how challenging it can be to be suspected of DUI charges.

Though no charges were initially filed in the matter, the school bus driver is the subject of an investigation into a suspected felony DUI. According to authorities, the school bus driver hit a 75-year-old pedestrian, who sustained critical injuries. The pedestrian was reportedly crossing the street when she was hit. The school bus driver and the children remaining on the bus were not injured.

California Highway Patrol identified the school bus driver as a 54-year-old woman. Reports indicate that she was turning left when she struck the pedestrian. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, though authorities have not stated what facts have led them to that belief. Nevertheless, she has been charged with suspicion of felony DUI and suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Unfortunate accidents can happen on any roadway, regardless of any alleged alcohol or drug involvement. In this case, the details are too few to yet know exactly what happened. The school bus driver has been booked on suspicion of serious allegations and may find the road ahead to be challenging. Like anyone suspected of committing a crime in our state, she is presumed innocent of any DUI charges that follow unless proven guilty in a court of law. As DUI investigations move forward, the accused may benefit from investigating their own rights and responsibilities, and ascertaining what options they have in the legal issues ahead.

Source: MercuryNews.com, "Ca. school bus driver hits woman, suspected of DUI," Sept. 26, 2012

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