A horrific crash in Monterey County has resulted in a single fatality, and another driver up on charges, according to local authorities. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of an unidentified driver in the fatal car accident. The other driver has been arrested and is facing criminal charges, including driving under the influence of drugs. No court date has been announced at this time.
According to the report filed by CHP, around 5:25 p.m. on Dec. 5, an older model of an SUV was traveling in the area of Eighth Street and Highway 1 when the crash occurred. The SUV apparently crashed into the back of a passenger vehicle, causing the other car to burst into flames. Witnesses at the scene of the accident reportedly attempted to break windows in order to rescue the driver of the struck vehicle, but the fire spread too quickly and that individual perished in the blaze.
The 25-year-old driver of the SUV was arrested at the scene by arriving police officers and charged with vehicular manslaughter as well as DUI drugs. The deceased driver was not identified immediately, but Monterey County coroners are working to provide positive identification in order to notify next-of-kin. In the aftermath of this tragedy, a news release from CHP highlighted the dangers of driving while impaired.
A fatal car accident caused by intoxication is a terrible tragedy considering that it is entirely preventable. The driver will likely face significant consequences if he is found guilty. Separately, the family of the deceased is entitled under state law to file a wrongful death suit against the driver in civil court, using evidence gathered by California police to further their claim.