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DUI charge: Wrong-way driver accused of causing fatal accident

A 28-year-old California man is awaiting an arraignment date while recuperating in a medical facility. Upon his release from the hospital, he will have to face several charges after allegedly causing a fatal, fiery accident. It was reported that some of the charges are related to a prior DUI charge.

According to a police report, the accused man was travelling westbound in the lanes carrying eastbound traffic on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach early on recent Saturday morning. He reportedly crashed into a car with a 21-year-old driver, and he also collided with a pickup truck that had a 30-year-old driver. The impact caused the wrong-way car and the pickup truck to go up in flames.

The driver of the pickup lost his life in this accident, and the other two drivers were rushed to a hospital -- both had suffered critical injuries. Police reported that the blood alcohol level of the accused driver was at least .15 percent. The charges that have been filed against him include murder and DUI. Other charges relate to a DUI conviction less than 10 years ago.

The District Attorney's Office said those charges include causing injury while driving in an impaired state within 10 years of a previous conviction on a DUI charge. The suspect is also accused of driving on a license that was revoked at that time. The rights of an individual in California who is facing drunk driving charges may be best protected by an experienced DUI defense attorney. A lawyer will assess and explain the various options after scrutinizing the available evidence. A strategy for defense will be devised, aiming to achieve the best possible results.

Source: Long Beach Ca. Patch, "Benz Driver Charged in Deadly Wrong-Way Bridge Crash", Paige Austin, Aug. 13, 2015

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