Recently, a drunk driver was arrested and can be charged with murder and a hit-run causing death. Man may be sentenced up to 26 years in prison for killing an Uber driver and fleeing the scene of the accident.
The collision occurred in January 2017. An impaired driver ran through a red light at a high rate of speed in his Infinity and crashed into an Uber car at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Arlington Ave. The driver of the Infinity did not stop after the collision as required by law but instead ran away from the accident scene. Later the driver of Infinity was identified as Kevin Moran, 24 years of age. The police believe that Mr. Moran was intoxicated when hit Uber vehicle. The police investigators reported that the persons inside the Uber vehicle were trapped in the wrecked car and had to be cut out of the vehicle. An Uber driver died at the crash scene, and a male passenger sustained severe injuries. He was rushed to the local hospital, where some time later his medical condition became stable. The relatives and friends identified the killed Uber driver as Folesha Parker-Iverson, 52, a widow and a single mother of two children. Apart from a full-time job as a counselor at the Fontana High School she earned some extra money by working as a driver of Uber and Lyft. Moran was taken to court on January 18, but at the hearing, he did not enter a plea. The surveillance video and the witnesses’ testimony provided a basis for Government case against Mr. Moran. The hearing on Mr. Moran’s case has been continued to January 31 pending completion of an investigation. Mr. Moran is charged with murder and felony hit-run driving resulting in death. If convicted, Mr. Moran can be sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.
In California, if a drunk driver, who has never been convicted of DUI before, kills someone in a DUI crash, most often he/she will be charged with manslaughter. However, if a DUI driver has a DUI conviction, he is likely to be accused of murder if someone dies and he is under the influence. This is likely because a DUI driver usually will be admonished during his plea that he “can be charged with murder if someone dies”. This admonition is known as “Watson Admonishment” and is given specifically to help potential murder prosecutions. Multiple DUI convictions are used by the prosecutor to attempt to prove that the driver is a habitual drunk driver who exhibits “conscious disregard for human life and safety” every time he/she gets behind the wheel under the influence.
It is clear why a lot DUI prosecutions are driven by injury and blood alcohol level. The presence of accident is also a factor. The penalty is harshest for death cases and still very harsh for DUI collision when an injury occurs. Generally, there is no one-size-fits-al
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