In California, when an accident claims the life of another person, the person at fault can be looking at a number of charges. One of those charges is vehicular manslaughter, which can actually be a few different charges. If the driver is intoxicated at the time of the accident, not only will they face DUI charges, but they could also face vehicular manslaughter charges. In some cases, the charge may be gross vehicular manslaughter, which is always a felony. There is also a vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated charge that can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.
KTLA reports on a woman who pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter charges following a fatal crash in Ventura County.
32-year-old Georgia Casey pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated last Friday. She also pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene of a crime that caused death.
The charges stem from an April 25th, 2017 incident in which Casey was driving while intoxicated at about 8 a.m. At the time, Estella Trajeda Camacho was walking on the sidewalk next to the roadway.
Casey drove onto the sidewalk, striking Camacho. Casey briefly stopped her vehicle, but then fled the scene. Camacho died as a result of her injuries.
Camacho then crashed into the Ventura County Government Center.
Casey is scheduled to be sentenced on February 4th. She faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison for this case. She is also facing other drug and theft charges.