The Record Searchlight reports on an alleged DUI accident that claimed the lives of two teens. 25-year-old Kendra Anderson-Schwergerl, of Redding, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI for allegedly causing a deadly wreck. The accident claimed the lives of two teenagers.
The accident happened at around 12:35 a.m. at the intersection of Hartnell Avenue and Chum Creek Road in Redding. Schwergerl’s Ford Freestyle collided with the rear of a Toyota Corolla.
Two occupants of the Toyota, including the driver, suffered major injuries and died at the scene. Three remaining passengers, all also teenagers, were taken to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.
Police said that Schwergerl showed signs of intoxication and an investigation revealed open containers of alcohol in her vehicle.
Schwergerl’s blood-alcohol content was revealed to be .08, right at the legal limit. She was charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI with injury, and DUI with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher. Her bond was set at $50,000.
While a DUI in California does not necessarily mean jail time, there is one instance where a judge or a prosecutor is likely to try and sentence a person to jail. That instance would be if an open container is found in the vehicle and the driver is also charged with DUI. A sober driver would normally face a $250 fine, but a driver who is found to be under the influence with an open container in the car may face as much as 48 hours in jail. These charges can be compounded if the driver is involved in an accident that causes injuries to others or death.
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