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Big-rig driver facing suspicion of DUI charge after fatal crash

There are strict rules and regulations in relation to operators of big-rig trucks, and California drivers of such vehicles who are suspected of driving while impaired may face serious charges. They may benefit from obtaining the necessary information about their legal rights and how to protect those rights in the event of a DUI charge. In cases where another person was killed as a result of a truck driver's alleged negligence and level of intoxication, it may be wise to consult with a legal professional without delay.

The California Highway Patrol was called to the scene of an accident in Ontario in the early morning hours on a recent Thursday. The accident report stated that a 40-year-old big-rig driver allegedly crossed the center line and crashed into an oncoming sedan, causing fatal injuries to the driver of the sedan. CHP reported that the truck driver allegedly continued along and smashed into a concrete wall as he entered an on-ramp onto the 60 Freeway. His disabled truck was apparently located where it had come to a halt on the freeway, but the driver was not there.

The truck driver was reportedly soon apprehended where he was walking approximately one mile from where the truck had been located. The police reported that the driver appeared to have been under the influence of alcohol when he was taken into custody. The driver was kept in a detention center and is now facing charges of suspicion of vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol, along with felony charges of commercial vehicle operation while intoxicated and hit-and-run.

The driver of the big rig may want to make sure that his interests are protected by obtaining the services of legal counsel. The advice and guidance through the process of challenging the prosecutors' evidence offered in the court may be invaluable. Any person who is facing a DUI charge in California remains innocent of all charges until -- and unless -- guilt is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. However, by utilizing the professional services that are available, the potential impact of the charges may be minimized.

Source: ktla.com, "Big-Rig Driver Suspected of DUI Fled Scene of Fatal Crash, Abandoned Truck on Freeway: Ontario Police", Melissa Pamer, Sept. 11, 2014

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