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DUI charge follows death of 1 and injuries to 8 on Highway 118

The alleged drunk driving of a 32-year-old California man may have a detrimental effect on his future. The consequences of his actions include the death of his passenger and injuries suffered by eight occupants of another vehicle. The California Highway Patrol report indicates that the accident that led to a DUI charge against this driver occurred on Highway 118 on a recent Sunday evening.

The accident report states that the driver was westbound on the highway in light rain conditions when he lost control of the vehicle. His vehicle apparently started spinning and careened into the lanes of eastbound traffic. He smashed into a minivan with enough force to cause the van to roll over and land on the shoulder of the road.

The driver who allegedly caused the accident suffered head trauma, but his 30-year-old passenger lost his life. Five children and three adults who were passengers in the minivan were transported to hospitals in the area. Their injuries reportedly ranged from lacerations and contusions to a fractured bone in one passenger.

CHP allege that the driver was under the influence of alcohol, and he is now facing a vehicular manslaughter and a DUI charge, among others. His first step will likely be to retain the services of a California criminal defense attorney who is experienced in defending those who face DUI-related charges. A conviction might mean prison time, and the accused person may be stripped of many rights, and the consequences may haunt him every time he fills out a job application. A lawyer will endeavor to avoid a conviction by presenting a strong defense.

Source: mpacorn.com, "Police say DUI a factor in fatal crash on 118", Hector Gonzalez, July 24, 2015

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