It can be good fun to enjoy a few adult beverages at a party, but the light-hearted evening can become deadly serious if a motor vehicle accident ensues. A California woman is learning exactly this lesson as she faces drunk driving charges stemming from an incident that occurred last year. Unfortunately, her passenger died as a result of a crash, and she is facing serious charges that have been increased to include murder.
The woman was driving at the location of a country club. She was allegedly leaving the club around 12:30 a.m. when she struck a trailer. The woman, when questioned by police, supposedly said she had about eight beers over the course of the day. She suffered broken bones as a result of the crash. Her passenger, a man, was not so lucky; he suffered serious injuries and died ten days later.
The woman is not a stranger to these type of charges. She pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor drunk driving and served three years probation. Because of the prior charge, she was charged with murder in the current case.
The deadly crash is painful and unfortunate for all involved. One man has lost his life, and one woman finds herself defending against drunk driving and murder charges. If she can properly defend herself, she may be able to lessen the negative impact of the events on her life. A person in California facing similar criminal charges may be wondering what to do in such a situation. A criminal defense attorney can offer assistance in defending against drunk driving charges.
Source: Palm Desert, CA Patch, "Palm Desert Woman Accused In Deadly DUI Crash To Be Arraigned For Murder", Sept. 18, 2017