A 21-year-old woman is facing serious charges after a car crash that reportedly killed a mother of six. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has reported that the woman was arrested following the accident on the night of Oct. 6. As with most fatal car crashes, a thorough investigation ensued, leading to the charges. 

According to the police report, the accused woman was apparently headed southbound when her vehicle crossed the center line. She collided head-on with a vehicle driven by a 37-year-old woman, who was just a mile from home at the time of the crash. The force of the impact killed the older woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The female southbound driver was tested for intoxication, and her results came back with a blood alcohol level of .21, almost three times the legal limit. She now stands charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI causing injury. It is unclear at this time whether she remains in police custody or if she is out on bail. It has also not been reported if she has sought criminal defense representation. 

Fatal car crashes sometimes result in criminal charges filed against one or more drivers, but sometimes they do not. Even in cases where charges are filed, Los Angeles courts may still find the offending driver innocent. Thankfully, state law allows the families of victims of these accidents to file wrongful death lawsuits in civil court. These suits still require evidence of negligence by the defendant that caused or materially contributed to the accident and death that resulted. 

Source: insideedition.com, “Woman, 21, Charged in Death of Mom of 6 Killed in Accident After Visiting Newborn Twins in NICU“, Maya Chung, Oct. 19, 2017