After any crash or after anything happens to cause your vehicle to become disabled on the highway or the freeway, the safest place to stay is in the vehicle. Even if you feel that you need to get out to check the damage, you should stay until the authorities arrive. However, when alcohol is thrown into the mix, decision-making skills are not the same as they are when sober. A bad decision to step outside a car after a DUI accident claimed one life and seriously injured the alleged DUI driver. CBS Local San Francisco reports.
36-year-old Andrew Warhurst of Castro Valley was killed Saturday night after emerging from a DUI accident.
Warhurst was a passenger in a Chevrolet Aveo being driven by 21-year-old Shelby Sarin. Sarin lost control of the vehicle while traveling west on Interstate 580 in Dublin. She was near the Santa Rita Road exit when she lost control, sending the car from the far-right lane to the far-left lane. The vehicle then crashed into a concrete wall on the south shoulder.
Both Sarin and Warhurst exited the disabled vehicle and stood in the traffic lanes.
While standing in lanes of traffic, Warhurst and Sarin were struck by a Honda CR-V that was being driven by an unidentified San Ramon man.
Warhurst was pronounced dead at the scene. Sarin was arrested for suspected driving under the influence. The driver of the CR-V was not arrested and is not facing any charges.
Sarin suffered minor injuries in the accident.