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Student facing DUI charge after crash during spring break

A spring break trip of a group of California students ended in tragedy on a recent Monday afternoon. After a fatal accident, the 19-year-old driver will now have to consider her options in defending a DUI charge. Along with a DUI charge, she is facing a manslaughter charge and also a count of methamphetamine possession.

Accident investigators said the vehicle occupied by the group of students was heading south on Highway 1 when the driver was distracted by throwing a cigarette out the window. She reportedly crossed over the center line and smashed into a northbound car, killing that driver on impact. The California Highway Patrol reported that the teen driver and two of her passengers were seriously injured. It was later reported that one of the two injured passengers had subsequently succumbed to her injuries.

CHP officers said all but one of the occupants of the car admitted to smoking marijuana. A witness apparently reported one passenger hiding something in a nearby field, and officials found a cosmetics bag containing marijuana. This led to the arrest of that passenger.

Defending a DUI charge is never easy, particularly the charges include manslaughter. Navigation of such charges may be best handled by an experienced California DUI defense attorney. A lawyer can ensure that a client's right to fair and impartial treatment is upheld. Any accused individual will remain innocent until -- and only if -- his or her guilt is proved in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. An attorney will advocate on behalf of the client while working to achieve the best possible outcome.

Source: kionrightnow.com, "UPDATE: Second person pronounced dead in fatal Highway 1 crash", Monica Jacquez, March 21, 2016

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