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1 facing DUI charges following death of motorcycle rider

A motor vehicle accident can take place in an instant and can place the safety of everyone nearby at risk. Following the initial impact, nearby drivers may find it challenging to react in time to avoid becoming involved. Similar instances can be even more of a concern when they occur at night, when visibility is reduced. A California woman has been charged with DUI after she was unable to avoid striking a man who had just been involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident.

Law enforcement agents state the initial collision took place at around 2 a.m. on a recent Saturday when a vehicle struck a man on a motorcycle and the driver fled the scene. As the man stood up in the roadway, authorities say he was struck by a second vehicle. The impact of the second collision caused him to suffer severe injuries, and he was pronounced dead at the scene soon thereafter.

While police are reportedly still attempting to locate the driver who caused the initial collision, the second driver was arrested and accused of driving under the influence. However, no information was provided as to how they came to believe intoxication was a contributing factor. Along with a DUI, the woman is also facing charges for manslaughter.

With the potential severity of a conviction for DUI charges, the woman might be preparing for what comes next by focusing on her defense. Those who face such charges could choose to retain the services of an attorney for guidance on how best to proceed. An attorney can examine the circumstances a client in California is facing and assist in pursuing the best outcome possible during subsequent legal proceedings.

Source: CBS Los Angeles, "Motorcyclist Survives Hit-And-Run To Be Killed In DUI Crash", March 18, 2018

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