California Vehicle Code 23153, DUI causing injury, is a “wobbler” charge. This means that the prosecutor can charge it as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Before a person can be convicted of the charge, the prosecutor must prove three things. One is that the person charged was violating California’s DUI laws. While violating the DUI law, you acted in an otherwise negligent manner or broke another law. They must also prove that the person injured someone as a result of the negligence. If charged as a felony, the penalty is two, three, or four years in California State Prison. More prison time can result from there being more than one person injured.
KTLA reports on an alleged DUI driver who is standing trial for a Diamond Bar accident that seriously injured five people and killed two, including a child.
26-year-old Hans T, Guloy of Chino Hills is facing several charges, including felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury, driving with a .08% blood alcohol content and hit and run resulting in death or serious injury.
The charges stem from a crash that happened during the overnight hours of November 27th, 2017. Guloy was allegedly under the influence and driving on the 60 Freeway near the 57 Freeway. His vehicle slammed into the back of a vehicle with three small children and their parents inside.
The family’s vehicle veered out of control and hit the center divider. It was then hit by another vehicle.
29-year-old Abraham Franco and his 1-year-old daughter Abby were fatally injured in the accident. Five others, including the infant’s mother, a 9-year-old boy, and three other adults were also injured in the crash.
Guloy fled the scene of the crash and then allegedly told police that his vehicle had been stolen. If convicted on all charges, Guloy is facing 22 years in prison. He is currently being held on $750,000.