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DUI charges in fatal crash for California drug counselor

A 51-year-old California woman is now facing criminal charges after a recent car accident in Torrance. Police say the driver struck and killed a 35-year-old pedestrian. The victim landed on the hood of her car, and she apparently kept driving for another few miles before bystanders got her to pull over. The driver was arrested on DUI charges, manslaughter and felony hit-and-run.

The incident took place around 11:30 p.m. on a Saturday night in November. The victim's body crashed through the windshield of the car and remained there as the woman was said to have driven another 2.3 miles without stopping. She was reportedly a chemical dependency counselor at a treatment center, a position that is often filled by recovering addicts. Police say her blood alcohol level was over twice the limit.

The accused woman will need to focus on the accusations made against her and speak to legal professionals for more information about her options for the future. A somewhat similar case in 2003 resulted in a conviction and a 50 year prison sentence for another individual. It remains to be seen how this case will be handled by prosecutors and what line of defense may be the most productive for the woman. The victim was declared dead at a local hospital, and his family declined to speak about the incident.

Though few drivers will ever have to face charges as serious as these, those who do must be sure to enter into the proceedings armed with as much knowledge and experience as possible. Drunk driving, manslaughter and hit-and-run all carry severe consequences; therefore those involved must take care to ensure that the rights of the accused are not violated during the criminal justice proceedings.

Source: ABC News, "DWI Suspect Who Drove With Man Impaled on Car Is Drug Counselor," Colleen Curry, Nov. 26, 2012

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