A 30-year-old man recently died from injuries he suffered in an accident caused by his brother, who was driving the Mini Cooper in which he was riding.
The accident occurred at an intersection in Chula Vista late Saturday, August 12. According to police, the man’s 23-year-old brother collided with a pickup truck at the intersection and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) causing death. He was released while at the hospital to undergo surgery, but was arrested on a warrant after blood alcohol content tests and medical procedures were complete.
Witnesses said the Mini Cooper was heading south on Paseo Del Rey at approximately 11:45 p.m. that night when the driver ran a red light and hit the pickup truck at the intersection with East H Street. The impact caused the truck to roll over. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries in the accident.
DUI causing death a serious offense
Anyone who is charged with DUI faces serious potential penalties, but the presence of injuries or death in the accident is an aggravating factor that elevates the offense to a felony. Those found guilty of DUI causing death face significant fines and prison time, in addition to any money they must pay after a civil suit filed by the victims or their loved ones.
To learn more about how you can hold a drunk driver responsible for his or her actions after a serious car accident, speak with a skilled San Diego personal injury lawyer at Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire.