ABC 7 reports on a DUI accident that killed a mother and seriously injured a child. The incident occurred just after 10 pm on November 27, in the North Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.
A 34-year-old mother was removing the 2-year-old child from the back seat of her car in front of her home. A driver, who was traveling northbound on Woodley Avenue at speeds beyond the posted speed limit, crashed into several parked cars before striking the mother and child. The mother was killed at the scene.
The impact launched the mother 30 feet and the child 60 feet. Both landed in the roadway. Family members were on the scene to witness the accident. They report that Ruth Chinchilla, the victim, tried to push her child out of the way.
The driver, Jose Macias, 22, was believed to have been driving under the influence at the time of the crash. Records indicate that his license had been suspended in January 2016.
In addition to the 2-year-old involved in the incident, Chinchilla was also the mother of a 16-year-old and a newborn.
Macias was booked on charges of 2nd-degree murder. Macias has a previous conviction for DUI.
Depending on the circumstances, you could face the loss of your license if convicted of driving under the influence in California. If you continue to drive while your license is suspended, you could be looking at some fairly strict penalties. A first time offender caught driving on a suspended license faces not less than five days and no more than six months in county jail. You could face fines of at least $300 and up to $1000. Driving on a suspended license while under the influence could see you facing charges on both accounts, compounding the penalties.
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