On Friday, June 26 a 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Huntington Beach following a multi-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old boy; two other teens were also injured in the collision, according to a news report at KTLA 5.
The crash occurred Thursday evening when a 2000 Nissan Frontier traveling southbound on Newland Street struck a 2004 Toyota Tacoma that was traveling in a northbound direction, sending the Tacoma into a light pole. The Nissan then struck a GMC that was stopped in westbound lanes on Adams Avenue at the intersection of Newland St. and Adams Avenue. Police responded to the scene after 911 dispatchers received a call about a driver in the area who was possibly drunk.
The 14-year-old boy who lost his life was a passenger inside the Toyota, which police officials said sustained major damage to its passenger side. The teen was rushed to an area hospital by the Huntington Beach Fire Dept. paramedics after heavy rescue equipment had to be used to free him from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at a later time at the hospital.
The deceased teen’s 18-year-old cousin and another 18-year-old passenger of the Toyota also suffered injuries, although they were not critical. The boys were on their way home after having dinner with relatives when the crash occurred.
The man responsible for the crash was not named in the news report, however police stated he is a resident of Santa Ana. He was arrested on driving while unlicensed and suspicion of felony DUI resulting in death.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous, yet people continue to do it every day. While some choose to get behind the wheel when they are clearly intoxicated, others may drive home from a friend’s house or dinner after having just a couple of drinks. Regardless of the situation, when you are charged with DUI it is a serious matter – particularly when the death or injury of others is involved.
Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that can leave you facing jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, community service, and even substantial time in prison if someone is injured or killed. If you have been arrested for driving while intoxicated, it is critical to your freedom, career, and future to contact a capable Michigan DUI attorney immediately.