The preliminary hearing that involves a fatal drunk driving accident involving a teenage driver started two months ago resumes again today in a Vista courtroom, according to KGTV 10 News.
An 18-year-old teen driver is being charged with two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Other charges against the male driver are for causing a hit-and-run accident and personal injuries while intoxicated by alcohol.
Hearing for a drunk driver who is accused of killing two people starts up again this week.
Back in April, 2010, a judge ruled that witness testimony from people unable to attend the hearing that month needed to be reviewed before a decision could be made on whether or not teen driver he would stand trial.
The car accident in question happened at around 4 a.m. on October 10, 2009. According to records from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a sedan rear-ended four Marines in a Jeep Cherokee driving along Interstate 15. Once the Marines exited the vehicle, his car hit another driver, 19, and knocked him off the overpass onto Gopher Canyon Road. The injured man later died while receiving medical treatment at the Palomar Medical Center.
Instead of waiting for help, he and his passenger fled the scene of the accident. As they ran off, a Fallbrook resident — one freeway exit away from being home — hit the defendant’s car. Her car rolled down an embankment, causing her wrongful death at the scene of the crash just after celebrating her birthday.
California’s legal blood-alcohol limit is 0.08 percent, which is what his blood measured at when law enforcement caught up to him two hours later. Prosecuting attorneys are now saying that this was an indication that while he was driving, his blood-alcohol level was probably closer to 0.12 or 0.13 percent.
This firm hopes we never have to work on cases like these, but the sad truth of the matter is that these kinds of accidents happen every single day.
That’s why our Vista car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe nothing until we recover money on your behalf — thus freeing you up to seek legal representation right away.
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