If you are in a wreck and found to be driving under the influence, the charges can become more serious if anyone else is injured or killed. California Vehicle Code 23153 VC defines the crime of “DUI causing injury” as driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol and injuring another person as a result. When being charged with DUI causing injury, you may be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony, at the prosecutor’s discretion. NBC San Diego reports on a suspected DUI crash that left one person dead and six others injured.
In a crash that occurred after midnight on August 20 in Coronado, one person was killed. Six others, including two children, were injured in the accident. Police suspect that alcohol was a factor in the fatal crash.
The crash occurred at 12:20 a.m. as a Jeep sped northbound on Silver Strand State Highway near the iconic Hotel Del Coronado.
The Jeep crossed the center line near Pomona Avenue and crashed into two cars driving southbound in the proper lanes.
By the time first responders arrived, one person was declared dead at the scene as a result of their injuries.
Four people who had been traveling in a Honda SUV suffered moderate to severe injuries. Two of these four were children. A fifth person in a Kia sedan was also injured. A dog in the Kia was not injured and was taken to the police department’s animal care facility.
The driver of the Jeep was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.
The accident shut the road down in both directions for several hours before being reopened.
Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.
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