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77-year-old California driver faces DUI charge after fatality

After a tragic January accident that killed one pedestrian and injured another, a 77-year-old California woman from Santa Rosa surrendered her driver's license. At a recent plea hearing, she entered a no contest plea on a DUI charge and one count of vehicular manslaughter. It was reported that a conviction can send the driver to prison for more than nine years.

The driver's son said his mother was exiting a parking lot when she noticed two women -- ages 85 and 91 -- on the sidewalk. They reportedly waved at each other just before the accident. The elderly driver claimed to have accidentally stepped on the gas pedal instead of the brake. The two pedestrians were both knocked down. They were rushed to a hospital, but only the 91-year-old woman survived.

The driver's blood alcohol level was determined to be .05 percent. She was reportedly also taking several prescription medications for various health conditions. At the hearing, the judge noted that it was not believed that intent caused the accident.

Despite the fact that this driver's blood alcohol content tested below .08 percent, which is the level of legal intoxication, she will be facing a DUI charge. Facing such serious charges at the age of 77 is likely a traumatic experience, but the support of an experienced California DUI defense attorney will guide her throughout the legal proceedings. A lawyer will assess the charges and evaluate the circumstances and the evidence before advocating on behalf of the client, while protecting her interests and her rights.

Source: Rohnert Park-Cotati, Ca. Patch, "77-Year-Old Santa Rosa Woman Pleads No Contest To Vehicular Manslaughter, DUI Charges", May 4, 2016

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