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Man faces drunk driving charge following California accident

Car manufacturers work hard to add safety features to vehicles to prevent accidents while legislators work to create laws with a similar goal. Regardless of the number of precautions, however, there is little chance of completely eliminating car accidents. While a fatal crash is a tragedy, the assumption that an involved driver was under the influence of alcohol is often erroneous and not based in evidence. A man in California will likely want to know what evidence police have to support drunk driving charges against him following a fatal accident.

The crash occurred on day in early December. According to reports, a car driven by a 34-year-old driver crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle. Unfortunately, a 58-year-old male passenger in that vehicle passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

In addition to the fatality, the driver and another passenger in the second vehicle were injured. Police have accused the other driver of fleeing the scene but claim that he was discovered a short distance away. Additionally, police say that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash even though it is unclear what led them to this conclusion.

When a person is killed in a California car accident, it is understandable that officials will work to understand the cause of the fatality. However, it is necessary to remember that some car accidents can happen due to a simple mistake rather than a someone who is drunk driving. When an accident involves accusations of intoxication, many forget that all those accused of a crime are considered innocent unless there is sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source:, "San Jose man killed by suspected drunk driver in Fresno area crash", Mark Gomez, Dec. 7, 2016

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