California’s DUI laws typically require a blood-alcohol content to be 0.08% or above for a DUI charge. However, there are some cases where that threshold is lowered. One instance is when the driver has a CDL (Commercial Drivers Licence), where the threshold is dropped to 0.04%. The other case is for those under 21. For underage persons, California has a zero-tolerance DUI law, meaning the BAC threshold is 0.01%. However, the penalties for a zero-tolerance or underage DUI are the same as they would be for an adult. The penalties can become severe if there is an accident and people are injured or killed.
NBC Los Angeles reports on a teen driver suspected of DUI who was in an accident that killed a college baseball player.
The crash happened at about 8:41 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hawthorne and Sepulveda boulevards. 19-year-old Sladen John Mohl died at the scene of the crash.
Authorities arrested a 16-year-old driver in connection with the crash. As she is a minor, her name was not released. According to authorities, she was driving a 2015 Toyota Highlander south on Hawthorne Boulevard, approaching Sepulveda.
Mohl was walking to a nutrition store and had stopped on a pedestrian island. The driver collided with Mohl, then struck two additional vehicles traveling west across the intersection.
The driver, only identified as a 16-year-old female, was suspected to be under the influence of narcotics and/or alcohol.
The people in the other cars were not hurt. The investigation closed roadways for more than six hours.