California takes each DUI charge seriously, but some DUIs can lead to additional charges. When it comes to a DUI with a minor under the age of fourteen in the vehicle, the driver could face enhancement charges as well as additional charges. These charges are reported to Child Protective Services, who will complete their own investigation.
A driver who is charged with DUI while a minor is in the vehicle may face the enhancement of DUI with a minor. This can mean harsher sentencing. The driver may also face additional, separate charges of child neglect or in some cases, child abuse. If convicted, the driver will face the penalties for both crimes.
The Murrietta, California Patch reports that a suspected DUI crash has injured three people and killed another.
The three-vehicle accident occurred at about 8:38 p.m. on Tuesday on the southbound 215 Freeway in Menifee between Newport and Scott Roads.
24-year-old Bryant Martinez Collins was traveling southbound in a 2014 Toyota Tacoma at a high speed. He failed to brake for slower traffic ahead and plowed into the rear of a 2004 Honda Accord. This impact hurled the Honda forward into the rear of a 2017 Ford Fusion.
A 22-year-old female driving the Honda suffered from moderate injuries. A passenger in her vehicle, 26-year-old Nyrik Anderson suffered from major injuries. He was rushed to the hospital but succumbed to those injuries a short time later.
Colin had a 7-month old boy as a passenger in his vehicle that suffered from minor injuries. Colin suffered from minor injuries and was treated at a hospital before being arrested on suspicion of murder, vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment, DUI with injury, and driving on a suspended license.
The driver of the Ford was not injured.
The California Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation into the crash.