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California man charged with drunk driving after fatal accident

Four members of one family were killed as the result of a tragic accident. The collision in California was allegedly caused by one man, who was later apprehended and charged with drunk driving. The man faces other serious charges in relation to the events, but he will be given the opportunity to defend himself in court in order to give his account of the events and avoid any erroneous penalties. 

At the time of the accident, the four family members were riding together in one vehicle. The accused man's car was going in the same direction when it apparently struck the family's vehicle. Authorities concluded that the collision apparently caused the family vehicle to cross into opposing traffic and crash into three other cars. In addition to the four dead, at least six other people were injured. 

The accused man continued to drive and then fled on foot. His history of drunk driving is well documented. The man was booked on five charges and remains in the local jail on a $1.5 million bail as a result of the five-car pileup. 

The apparent facts of the events look bad for this person. However, in California, all individuals gets their day in court to defend themselves against criminal charges. The burden of proof will rest upon the state. The man is likely working on building his defense. Other individuals facing drunk driving charges may find themselves in need of a strong defense, and an experienced attorney can potentially be of help for the accused. 

Source: The Sacramento Bee, "Sacramento State alumnus among 4 family members killed in suspected drunk driving crash", Benjy Egel, Nov. 27, 2017

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