In California, DUI causing injury is normally charged as a misdemeanor. However, there can be specific instances where it can become a felony. If it is the person’s third DUI involving injury, it is automatically charged as a felony. If it is the fourth DUI charge ever, regardless of if any previous involved injury, it is also automatically charged as a felony. If the third DUI charge and the previous charge did not involve injuries, it may be charged as a felony depending on the severity of the injuries in the current case. If the injuries are severe enough, any DUI causing injury can be charged as a felony.
The LA Times reports on a 5-vehicle crash that killed a boy in Fountain Valley.
The accident happened at about 11 p.m. on Saturday on the 405 Freeway near Euclid Street. A minivan was disabled in the northbound carpool lane of the 405 Freeway. A 2014 Toyota Tacoma traveling at an unknown speed plowed into the back of the minivan, a 2015 Honda Odyssey. Five family members in the van suffered from moderate to severe injuries. One of them, a 13-year-old boy, succumbed to his injuries. After the initial crash, another Tacoma pickup truck slammed into the back of the first truck. Four occupants of that truck suffered from minor injuries.
The driver of the first Tacoma suffered from major injuries and was arrested on DUI charges.
Two other vehicles were involved in the pile-up but did not sustain major damage, according to the California Highway Patrol.