In the U.S., it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%
or above. In a case involving 51-year-old S.W. of Torrance, she was found
to have a blood alcohol content of over twice this amount.
She was driving at 11:25 p.m. on Torrance Boulevard when she struck a pedestrian,
31-year-old P.M. also from the area. Rather than slow down and check on
the man, she instead kept driving. What makes this case even more chilling
is the fact that she continued driving with the victim still on the hood
of her car. Authorities have stated that the man was embedded in her windshield
and that she drove for 2.3 miles with him in this condition.
S.W. finally pulled over when people who saw her driving with the man on
her car convinced her to stop. The victim was taken to the hospital, but
he died from the accident. Now, S.W. is not only facing charges of
drunk driving, but of
manslaughter as well.
California Penal Code §191.5 (2011) gives information regarding these
types of charges. Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charges
can be brought against someone who killed a victim without malice aforethought.
This crime does, however, include gross negligence.
If you have been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol, whether
it resulted in injury to another or not, you should contact a legal representative
as soon as possible. Even if your case appears to be hopeless, you need
to be aware of the fact that there are ways to challenge the charges which
have been brought against you.
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