In California, many DUIs occur when police pull over a suspected drunk or intoxicated driver long before an accident can occur. If a DUI does involve a collision, charges can quickly escalate, especially if people are injured or killed in the accident. Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated are two of the charges a person who is involved in a collision that claims the life of another may face. If more people are injured or killed, additional counts of the same charges may be made. In addition to the manslaughter charges, a prosecutor may also charge a person with DUI causing injury.
Fox 5 San Diego reports on a man facing three charges of vehicular manslaughter in a suspected DUI crash.
19-year-old Mason Fish is facing several charges resulting from a crash in Oceanside. Fish is believed to have been under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the crash.
The crash happened at about 1 p.m. on February 5th on South Coast Highway at Oceanside Boulevard. According to police, a Tacoma pickup truck T-boned a Mazda sedan. There were six people in the Mazda. Two of the back seat passengers, both female, died at the scene of the accident. Another younger female and a 13-year-old female were thrown from the vehicle. The driver and a passenger in the front seat, both male, were also injured.
Many of the survivors were airlifted to area hospitals. The 13-year-old was transported by ground ambulance.
The older woman who was thrown from the vehicle succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. The condition of the 13-year-old and the two males is not known.
Fish was not seriously injured in the accident. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated by a controlled substance and vehicular manslaughter charges.