It is a tragedy for all involved when a DUI leads to the death of another person. For the driver who was intoxicated, the victim’s death can also lead to serious charges. Often times, a driver who was under the influence of alcohol or drugs and gets into a crash will be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is a felony charge. The penalty for a conviction is a term of 4, 6, or 10 years in state prison. For the driver to be convicted, the prosecutor must prove three things: the driver was intoxicated, the driver acted in a way that put others at risk of harm, and that the driver’s actions caused the death of another person.
KEYT reports that a driver has been charged in a suspected DUI crash that killed a woman and seriously injured a child.
The crash occurred on Monday at about 9:15 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Road and Laguna Road near Oxnard.
21-year-old Jacob A. Calibroso was driving an Acura sedan west on Pleasant Valley Road when he crossed over into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on with a scooter.
55-year-old Elva Andrade and a 7-year-old passenger were ejected from the scooter. Andrade died at the scene. The child suffered from serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Calibroso was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. He is also facing charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.