The Davis Vanguard reported recently that a recent bail review hearing for a defendant accused of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI for his role in a recent motor vehicle accident brought tears to the eyes of individuals present for the hearing, including the defendant, as a prosecutor read a heartfelt letter from a family member of the victim.
According to officials from the Sacramento County Superior Court and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the original incident happened between the hours of 2:05 a.m. and 2:15 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 8, 2021. Two individuals were standing next to CA State Route 99, discussing a minor motor vehicle accident between their two vehicles. The area was covered in a very thick fog with limited visibility, and the speed limit was reduced to 45 miles per hour in the area due to ongoing construction. The defendant allegedly was driving at high speed when he plunged into the fog and slammed into one of the two stopped cars, and then struck one of the two people next to the road, who was pronounced dead at a local hospital from blunt force trauma following the accident.
After initial testimony was given, the prosecutor read a heartfelt letter from the victim’s family, expressing their grief but also their forgiveness. The defendant was visibly emotional as the letter was read. He faces charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence for the accident.