If you drive drunk and are involved in an accident that claims the lives of other people, you can be looking at charges of felony vehicular manslaughter. A conviction can mean at least one and up to 10 years in state prison, especially if the person is convicted of DUI as a result of the accident. If you have previous DUIs and have signed a Watson advisement, you could be looking at a murder charge, sometimes called a “Watson” murder. The East Bay Times reports on a deadly DUI crash that claimed the lives of four people and injured several others.
47-year-old Fred Lowe was captured and arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run, and felony DUI on November 28th. The arrest came after police spotted the blue Mercedes that Lowe was believed to have been driving that caused a deadly crash on Saturday, November 25th.
The Mercedes that Lowe was allegedly driving collided with a white Nissan sedan at around 8:10 p.m. on I-80 eastbound. The Nissan lost control, went airborne, and crashed into three other vehicles.
Four passengers inside the Nissan were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, who survived, was taken to the hospital. Other people who were injured included five others; two people in a Mazda SUV and two people in a Lincoln SUV. Additionally, the driver of a Honda was also injured. All were taken to local hospitals, but their condition was not clear.
Lowe was taken to the County Jail in Martinez on Sunday. His bail was set at $1.15 million.
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