In California, DUI crimes are taken very seriously. This is especially the case when the intoxicated driver causes an accident. Not only can the intoxicated driver be held liable for the victims’ injuries when it comes to compensation, but they can face additional charges over and above DUI.
California prosecutors can charge a person with driving under the influence causing injury in cases where the victims sustained serious injuries in the accident. For the purposes of the law, even a broken bone can be considered as a serious injury. If one of the victims is killed due to the intoxicated driver, they can be charged with manslaughter or even murder charges.
The Healdsburg Patch report that a driver is suspected of being intoxicated in a head-on crash on Guerneville Road.
At about 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday, a local tow-truck driver contacted police stating that he was assisting a female driver with a flat tire. He reported having seen the woman drink an alcoholic beverage. He attempted to keep the woman at the scene, but she fled.
The driver, 31-year-old Megan Worrall was reported as heading west on Guerneville Road. She was reported to be speeding and weaving in and out of traffic.
A 37-year-old Forestville man was driving a Chevy Tahoe eastbound on Guerneville Road. As he approached Worrall’s vehicle, she veered into his path and collided with his vehicle head-on.
CHP officers arrived at the scene to find both Worrall and the driver of the Tahoe injured. Both were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital to be treated for major injuries.