According to the California Highway Patrol, an alleged drunk driver caused a wreck that injured three people and killed a 29-year-old man. That man was mistakenly identified as a minor in early reports, which claimed he was 15, but the latest information shows that he was actually 29.
The crash happened around 7:35 in the evening, and police say a 24-year-old man was already drunk and speeding. That man was heading west and drifted over the center line, into the path of a sedan going east. The result was a brutal head-on collision that left a minor girl with moderate injuries and two 40-year-old individuals, a man and a woman, with major injuries.
The alleged drunk driver, who was not significantly hurt, ran from the scene and hid in an orchard, but police were able to find him and they took him into custody.
The reason that murder charges are being considered, a spokesperson for the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said, is that the man had been arrested for a DUI in 2015. No one was injured in that case. He is being held on bail of over $300,000.
A third car was also involved in the crash. It was following the sedan that was hit. There were two people in it and both were injured, though their injuries were said to be minor. They just got treatment at the crash site and then the authorities let them go.
Regardless of criminal charges, those who are hurt in car accidents may be able to seek compensation. However, criminal charges can still be important since they help to determine who was at fault if a conviction is made.
Source: The Fresno Bee, "Fatal crash near Biola being investigated as felony DUI, murder," Ashleigh Panoo, Nov. 24, 2016