A DUI crash that killed two medical students resulted in a new law to prevent future DUI cases. Governor Brown recently signed the new law, which passed the Senate and Assembly with little opposition.
In May 2015, a wrong-way driver on Highway 163 collided with another vehicle. Five UCSD medical students were inside. Two of the occupants, Anne Baldock and Madison Cornwell, died from their injuries. Three other occupants received serious injuries. The wrong-way driver also received serious injuries.
The driver, from San Diego County, was a US Marine, and had undergone impaired driving training just weeks prior to the crash. He had been drinking with friends prior to the crash, and they warned him not to drive. The bar staff also warned the suspect not to drive. Despite ample warnings, the suspect drove anyway. At the time of the collision, the suspect’s blood alcohol level measured 0.14%.
The new law requires additional training for bartenders and servers to help them assess patrons who have been drinking. The training also teaches servers to avoid over-serving alcohol. Many California municipalities have alcohol management training ordinances. The new law now requires uniform training statewide.
The driver faces two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. He also faces a felony count of DUI causing bodily injury and driving with a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.08. His next appearance in court is scheduled for November 27. He remains jailed in lieu of a $3M bond.
Los Angeles DUI Lawyer
When you’re accused of a DUI in LA or elsewhere, your first move should be to hire an experienced DUI lawyer. Robert Helfend is an experienced DUI defense lawyer, who takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Most drunk driving cases in the state result in misdemeanor charges. When a death or serious injury occurs as the result of drunk driving, felony charges result. Under no circumstances should you attempt to defend yourself when you face criminal charges of any type. Instead, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County DUI case.
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