Driver facing charges for wrong-way collision

A California business student is facing drunk driving and manslaughter charges after reportedly causing a motor vehicle accident in Redwood City. The car accident occurred on Highway 101 on Oct. 5, according to officials, when one man was killed and two other victims suffered injuries.

Authorities report that the driver, age 24, also suffered injuries in the collision, having spent a significant amount of time in the hospital. That driver was transported to the San Mateo County jail on Oct. 9, where he was released on $250,000 bail shortly after arriving. It is not yet clear whether prosecutors intend to file other charges in the crash case, which killed a 62-year-old Puerto Rican man. The driver was booked on a variety of charges, including having a blood alcohol content of 0.15 percent or higher; the legal limit for driving in the state is 0.08 percent.

Incident reports show that the at-fault driver was traveling the wrong way on the southbound side of the freeway at about 3:40 a.m. when his vehicle struck a taxi. The decedent was thrown from that vehicle during the collision, and his traveling companion was also partially ejected from the car. The cab driver also suffered injuries in the collision; the taxi was on its way to the airport.

The crash is still under investigation, as authorities are not entirely sure how the man ended up on the wrong side of the road. These wrong-way collisions can be particularly dangerous because of the extraordinary force that is involved. These high-velocity, head-on crashes are far more likely to cause injury than many other types of crashes.

Relatives of victims who have been killed in wrong-way car accidents can recover damages from the at-fault drivers. These irresponsible parties should be required to pay for their actions, providing family members with compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, burial and funeral expenses, among other claims.

Source: www.mercurynews.com, “Stanford student booked on drunken driving, manslaughter charges, CHP says” Joshua Melvin, Oct. 11, 2013