In the simplest of legal terms, manslaughter is when a person’s actions caused the death of another, but the death wasn’t intentional. However, a person charged with manslaughter should have known their actions might cause the death of another. The term vehicular is added to differentiate that the manslaughter was caused by a vehicle. If a person was also driving under the influence, the charge becomes vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence. If convicted, a person may serve a prison sentence of four to ten years in prison.
News 3 Las Vegas reports on three Las Vegas teens killed in an alleged DUI accident.
Huntington Beach, California police responded to a report of an accident at 1:08 a.m. on the 29th. When they arrived, one of the vehicles involved, a Toyota, was on fire at the intersection of the Pacific Coast Highway and Magnolia.
The Toyota had been stopped at the intersection at a red light. Inside were four teenagers. Three were killed at the scene in the vehicle fire which was so intense that the teens were not immediately recognizable. They were identified as Centennial High School Students Brooke Hawley, Dylan Mack, and A.J. Rossie.
One teenager was able to escape from the vehicle and suffered from burned hands and a concussion. He has been identified as Alexis Vargas.
The driver of the other vehicle that rear-ended the Toyota was identified as 27-year-old Bani Duarte. She is suspected of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
The teens were on vacation in California and were expected home today.