Drunk driving crash claims life of California police officer

Posted on November 21, 2012 by

On behalf of The Law Office of Marvin S. Lanter posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Both automobile drivers and passengers have a duty to take care when on the road. They do this by wearing a seat belt and not allowing friends to drive drunk. The failure to abide by these rules could cause an accident that turns deadly in an instant.

A California police officer was recently killed in a devastating drunk driving accident. Authorities say the 25-year-old off-duty officer was the passenger in a car being driven by a drunk driver. According to police, the driver lost control of her vehicle, drove across both lanes of traffic and crashed into a wall. The 26-year-old driver sustained injuries and was hospitalized. The officer was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say neither the officer nor the driver was wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

When there is a car accident involving a drunk driver, the police will usually conduct an investigation. In California, if there is a fatality in a drunk driving accident, the blood alcohol concentration of any drivers and passengers will be tested within 24 hours of the accident. Police may also look inside the vehicle for items such as empty beer cans or other evidence pointing to a possible drunk driving accident.

In addition, police may perform a field sobriety test on someone suspected of driving under the influence. Such evidence may also become important for persons filing a lawsuit against a drunk driver, as it may indicate how intoxicated the defendant was and whether the driver was exercising reasonable care in operating their motor vehicle.

Police officers tend to be held to the highest standard for obedience of traffic and safety laws on and off duty. Officials say the fact that such fundamental issues may have been overlooked in this case makes the accident all the more tragic.

Source: KCRA-TV, “CHP: Sutter County deputy killed in drunken driving accident,” Sharokina Shams, Nov. 8, 2012

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