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Driver traveling wrong direction on 101 causes fatal accident

After having a few drinks, some people choose to get behind the wheel. They may or may not realize that their driving abilities are impaired. Everyone should realize, however, that drinking and driving in California has serious consequences. It can lead to license suspension or revocation, criminal charges and can cause serious physical and emotional injury to other motorists on the road.

A fatal accident on Highway 101 in the early morning hours left one person dead and injured three others. It serves as a tragic reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving. A vehicle driven by a 24-year-old man enrolled at Stanford University was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a taxi. The cabdriver did not have enough time to avoid the vehicle. One of his passengers was ejected from the cab and died at the scene. It is believed that the driver of the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction was intoxicated; as soon as he is released from the hospital police intend to formally arrest him for suspected drunk driving. It is unknown if chemical tests were taken when he was admitted to the hospital to determine if the driver’s blood alcohol content level was above the legal limit.

Depending on the subsequent investigation of this accident, it could be considered intoxicated manslaughter which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Drivers who are facing DUI charges of any type may want to speak with an attorney. There may be ways to minimize the consequences and protect your future; a DUI charge does not have to define you.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “Stanford student suspected of DUI in fatal crash,” Kurtis Alexander, Oct. 7, 2013.

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