In the early hours of Sunday morning, at approximately 3.30 a.m., a BMW crashed into a pizzeria in Studio City. Not only was the vehicle driving at speeds close to 100 mph, but the three people inside the car had just come from a party where they had been drinking. It is thought that the driver lost control of the vehicle and then crashed into two trees, a fire hydrant, and a gas line. After damaging the gas line, the car went up in flames. It took 50 firefighters half an hour to bring the fire under control.
People who had been at the party stated that the driver knew he was drunk, but decided he was able to make the short drive home. They were part of the tight-knit Russian community in the area and were gathered together to celebrate a birthday. They are now mourning the loss of these three young people and a memorial has been growing at the scene of the accident. It is estimated that over half of all drivers who died in a car accident had drugs or alcohol in their system.
In California, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above. This means 0.08% of the person's blood is alcohol. Blood alcohol levels of as little as 0.03% can result in decreased concentration. A blood alcohol content of 0.06% and above can result in impaired reasoning, depth perception, and peripheral vision. For the average 180 pound man, it can take about three drinks to reach a 0.08% BAC. If you were involved in a drunk driving accident or were arrested for DUI, you should contact our team at Martinian & Associates Inc. as soon as possible. We could examine all the evidence against you and seek to get your case dismissed.