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Infant's death leads to murder added to initial DUI charge

A 26-year-old Pasadena man is in a county jail on bail of $2 million. He faces murder charges after the death of a child in a recent accident that he allegedly caused. The California Highway Patrol says the initial charge was suspicion of drunk driving, but after the child had succumbed to her injuries, authorities added murder to the DUI charge.

CHP says the accused man rear-ended a car of a 48-year-old woman whose two granddaughters, ages 4 months and 9 years, were in the car with her. The grandmother and the girls suffered injuries, but the infant did not survive. Authorities say the man traveled at a high rate of speed when he slammed into the rear of the car.

Upon further investigation -- after the child's death was reported -- CHP learned that this driver had previously signed a Watson advisory after a misdemeanor DUI conviction in March. That document informed him that DUI could be deadly, and if he causes a fatal accident while under the influence of alcohol in the future, a murder charge will follow. For this reason, this man is now facing a murder charge.

The most appropriate step to take for any California resident who is facing a DUI charge will likely be to seek the support of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Although this man will remain innocent until, and if, the prosecution can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, defending such charges can be complicated. With skilled legal counsel to advocate for him, the best possible results may be achieved.

Source: pasadenastarnews.com, "Pasadena man charged with murder in alleged DUI crash that killed infant girl", Brian Day, Nov. 9, 2016

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