A tragedy involving a beloved elderly man has led to charges for the driver of the car that allegedly struck him. The 91-year-old California mudslide evacuee was crossing the street near the hotel where he was staying, following the natural disaster. The driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.
The incident occurred on Jan. 23 at around 7:30 p.m. as the elderly man was supposedly in the crosswalk at an intersection near his temporary residence. According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, he was then struck by a car driven by a 26-year-old man. The man was critically injured at the scene and was taken to the hospital. He died several days later due to his injuries.
Authorities initially charged the man with drunk driving, causing injury and driving on a suspended license. His charges will likely be updated since the pedestrian has passed away. It has been reported that the individual also has two prior convictions for drunk driving. He was booked into the local jail with a bail set at $1 million.
The incident in California has left the elderly man's family mourning his loss. However, the driver will have an opportunity to defend himself against the criminal charges and give his version of the story, in case the initial reports are inaccurate. Every person has the right to a fair trial and is considered innocent until proved guilty. Other individuals facing similar drunk driving charges have often opted to enlist the aid of a criminal defense attorney who can provide help in creating a strong defense against criminal charges.
Source: sanluisobispo.com, "91-year-old Montecito mudslide evacuee dies after being hit by suspected DUI driver", Tom Bolton, Jan. 31, 2018