The unexpected loss of a life is always a difficult event with which to cope. However, when young lives are lost, the tragedy seems compounded. Because of the need to better understand why such a loss occurred, many people -- including family members of the deceased, members of the community, police and other authorities -- look for reason in the tragedy. In some cases, this involves finding someone on whom to place blame. For example, a young woman in California has recently been accused of drunk driving after a fatal accident claimed the lives of two teenagers.
The car accident happened one evening in late May. According to reports, a male and female who were both 17 years old were exiting a driveway in a sedan on a California roadway. Unfortunately, police say that their vehicle was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 23-year-old woman.
The two teens were transported to the hospital but later passed away. The driver of the pickup was treated at the hospital and then arrested. She has since been released on bail. She has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A spokesperson for the police claims that the accident remains under investigation and fault has not been determined.
The loss is tragic, and the family members of the deceased likely want justice. Justice, however, is not obtained by filing unsupported charges. In cases involving allegations of drunk driving, as well as all other crimes, there must be sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Because of the seriousness of the incident, the young woman may choose to seek the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help ensure that her rights are not violated throughout the criminal process.
Source: The Sacramento Bee, "West Campus classmates mourn Sacramento teens killed in collision with DUI suspect", Thomas Oide and Bill Lindelof, May 27, 2016