Pedestrian Killed In Suspected DUI Crash

Since 2011, the state of California has had a policy of suspending the driver’s license of anyone charged with DUI. The state Department of Motor Vehicles carries out the license suspension, which occurs within 30 days. While 0.08 is the cutoff BAC for most adults, a person can be charged with DUI even if their BAC is below that. If the prosecutor can prove intoxication, the exact blood-alcohol level does not matter. Further, any substance that can affect a person’s ability to drive can be counted as a DUI. For that reason, there are DUI alcohol charges and DUI drug charges. The penalties are the same for both. 

Fox 5 San Diego reports that a pedestrian has been killed in a suspected DUI crash. The accident happened at about 1:10 a.m. on the North Coast Highway near the Sportfisher Drive intersection. 

An unidentified 22-year-old pedestrian was attempting to cross North Coast Highway. The pedestrian was discovered on the east sidewalk He was unresponsive when first responders arrived and later died at the hospital. 

The driver stopped after the accident and cooperated with police once they arrived. He was identified as 31-year-old William Vaden. Vaden was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility after the arrest. He was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs. His bond was set at $2,500.

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