According to NBC San Diego, police have arrested a suspected drunk driver who was responsible for the death of a cab driver last week.
A 42-year-old woman was reportedly driving the wrong way down Interstate 5 when she collided head on with a taxi. The driver of the cab attempted to get out of his car and off the highway, but was struck several times by oncoming traffic and died from his injuries. Shortly afterwards, a white Honda Accord slammed into the back of the cab and pushed it over an embankment. The woman, once she realized her mistake, made a U-turn and fled, leaving the cab driver behind.
Police would not say how they caught up with the woman several hours later, but she has been charged with three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony DUI causing injury and fleeing the scene of an accident causing injury or death. She was released from jail on a $100,000 bond, but could face substantial jail time if convicted. She could have avoided some of the charges if she had not fled the scene of the crime, claimed one officer.
“If you’re in an accident or traffic crash, we want you to stay behind and talk to us,” he insisted. “Leaving someone on the side of the road or in the middle of the street and taking off is just a horrible thing to do.”
I Was Seriously Hurt by a Drunk Driver. What Can I Do?
If you are in an accident, it is never a good idea to leave the scene. Penalties can be severe, even in property damage cases. If convicted, a judge can sentence you to up to one year in county jail for misdemeanor cases and four years for a felony, not to mention up to $10,000 in fines. For help with any auto accident or personal injury-related cases, feel free to contact Dudek Law Firm APC for a consultation on your case.
Did You Know? Drunk driving accidents cost every adult in the country almost $500 a year.