While every DUI in California is treated seriously, DUIs that involve accidents causing injury or death to other people often come with more serious consequences. This is especially true with a DUI crash that leads to the death of another person. In California, this allows the driver to be charged with gross vehicular manslaughter or murder.
While both charges are felonies, murder is the more serious of the two charges. DUI murder is a second-degree murder charge with a potential penalty of fifteen years to life in prison. Typically, a driver must have a previous DUI conviction to be charged with DUI murder. The DUI conviction need not have taken place in California for the driver to be eligible.
The Murrieta Patch reports that three people were injured in an Interstate 215 crash in Menifee.
The crash occurred on Tuesday, June 16th at about 8:38 p.m. on the southbound side of I-215 between Newport and Scott Roads.
24-year-old Bryant Martinez Colin was speeding southbound in a Toyota Tacoma when he failed to stop for stopped traffic. The truck hit the rear of a Honda Accord, which was propelled forward into a Ford Fusion.
The driver of the Honda suffered from moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Her passenger was seriously injured and taken to the same hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
A 7-month-old suffered from minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
Colin was treated for minor injuries and was arrested. He is facing charges of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment, DUI with injury, and driving on a suspended license.