CBS Local Los Angeles reports on a DUI accident that trapped its victims, killing one. The accident occurred at shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 15th in North Hollywood at the intersection of Vineland Street and Vanowen Street. The LAPD Traffic division reported that one vehicle lost control before hitting another vehicle and then rolled over before coming to a stop next to a telephone pole.
Two people were trapped inside the overturned vehicle temporarily. The driver of the overturned vehicle was taken to the hospital, but the passenger died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle that was struck before the other vehicle overturned was also injured and taken to the hospital.
The driver of the overturned vehicle was charged with DUI.
Detectives were on the scene investigating at 10 p.m. They believe another vehicle and an ambulance may have been involved. One witness reported that two vehicles may have been racing one another.
In the state of California, you can be charged with murder for the death of another while driving under the influence if a specific set of requirements are met. Also known as “Watson Murder,” this charge is the same as second-degree murder under the California Penal Code. In order to be charged with “Watson Murder,” when a person must have had a previous DUI conviction, have been warned of the dangers of drinking and driving, or have previously attended DUI school. If these conditions have not been met, a person may still be charged with either gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated or vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
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