California drug courts permit defendants charged with alcohol or drug-related offenses to undergo substance abuse treatment. Completion of treatment sometimes results in the dismissal of criminal charges. The goals are to prevent repeat offenses and trim the prison population.
Los Angeles accident victims may have no assistance to deal with their pain and suffering. Injured individuals can be struggling to recover, pay overwhelming medical bills, adjust to disability and overcome emotional trauma. Civil courts provide a way for victims or families to recover compensation for losses through liability claims.
A man who sped away from a Fremont traffic stop and tried again to escape police on foot was arrested for causing a deadly crash. The fleeing car crashed into a motorcyclist. Reports said the victim, a Marine just back from an overseas deployment, suffered fatal motorcycle accident injuries.
Authorities learned about the defendant after receiving a call from a Taco Bell employee, who supplied the driver's vehicle description after reporting the drive-thru customer seemed intoxicated. An overnight patrol officer spotted a speeding Mini Cooper and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop.
The car then blasted through an intersection and hit the motorcycle, before crashing into a fence and utility pole. The Mini Cooper caught fire. The driver exited the car and unsuccessfully attempted to run away.
Charges against the driver were upgraded from DUI and resisting arrest to felony hit-and-run, gross vehicular manslaughter and murder. Police indicated other charges may be added, depending on toxicology test results. The defendant, an admitted drug and alcohol abuser whose job was listed as an emergency medical technician, was jailed on $150,000 bond.
Victims of motorcycle collisions often suffer debilitating or disabling injuries requiring long-term or lifetime care. Injured victims or plaintiffs who've lost loved ones have the right to pursue damage claims, for losses caused by negligent or reckless drivers.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Fremont: Murder charge for Emeryville man in crash that killed Marine" Natalie Neysa Alund, Bay Area News Group, Mar. 27, 201