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Hit and Run Results in Murder Charge
On October 19th a Huntington Beach car accident resulted in the death of a 30 year old bicyclist. The 23 year old driver drove off after hitting the bicyclist with his truck. Although the cyclist was immediately transported to the hospital he passed away due to his injuries. If you have lost a loved one due to an accident, contact a car accident attorney.
The driver of the truck was arrested four miles from the location of the accident. He was driving under the influence at the time of the accident. The driver had previously plead guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge three years ago. In addition, he has a history of drug offenses. Which includes pleading guilty to felony possession of heroin with intent to sell in 2010. As well as felony assault and possession of a controlled substance in 2013.
Under California law if someone drives under the influence more than once they may face a murder charge. Also, if someone dies as a result of driving under the influence after they have one prior DUI conviction, the prosecution can charge the driver with murder.
Therefore, in this case, the driver is facing a murder charge. The driver was also charged with felony hit and run and felony possession of a controlled substance. He plead not guilty to all three charges and is currently being held in jail with bail set at 1 million dollars.
Have you lost a loved one in an accident? Contact a car accident attorney!
This case highlights an unfortunate situation in which consequences of previous criminal behavior did not deter repeating the negative behavior. Unfortunately, the end result in this accident was a fatality. And the driver may be looking at jail time due to his negligence.
Losing a loved one due to the negligence of another is very difficult. And while you should be focusing on picking up the pieces of your life, you should not have to deal with insurance companies. As your car accident attorney, we know that no monetary compensation will ever replace the loss of a loved one. However, as your attorney, we can obtain a settlement that will help pay for funeral fees as well as pain and suffering.
Insurance adjusters will do everything in their power to lowball your settlement. They may even try to deny your claim after your loss. However, a car accident attorney will not back down to their bullying. If you have lost a loved one or are suffering from injuries due to an accident, contact a car accident attorney today. Consultations are free!