September 11, 2013
According to a report by vcstar.com, four people were involved in a serious car crash in which two were killed and the other two were injured.
California Highway Patrol received report of the crash before midnight on September 9. The crash site was south of Newbury Park on Potrero Road close to Hidden Valley Road.
Officials stated the driver of the vehicle, a 23-year-old man, was allegedly traveling above the speed limit when he approached a left curve, lost control, and drove onto the dirt shoulder where there were multiple parked construction machinery and equipment, one of which was a backhoe. The vehicle collided with several of the large, heavy pieces of equipment, getting severely wrecked in the process.
The front seat passenger, a 26 year-old man, and a passenger in the back, a 23 year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and another passenger, a 21-year-old woman, were transported to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center with minor-to-moderate injuries.
The driver was later arrested on felony drunk driving charges. He may be facing vehicular manslaughter charges, according to officials. His record is spotless other than a speeding citation in 2009, which was dismissed upon completion of traffic school.
California Penal Code Section 191.5 defines vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated as “the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought, in the driving of a vehicle … and the killing was either the proximate result of the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony, but without gross negligence, or the proximate result of the commission of a lawful act that might produce death, in an unlawful manner, but without gross negligence.”
A vehicular manslaughter charge can lead to a year-long county jail sentence among other penalties. If you are facing a serious criminal charge, do not speak to anyone else and get in touch with The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann immediately. We will provide you with a free consultation. Call us now at (888) 744-7730.