Police have accused a 32-year-old woman of driving while intoxicated following a fatal collision in Pinole. The accident involved two vehicles and led to the death of a 25-year-old man who had been walking along the sidewalk. According to police, investigators looking into the crash suspect that the driver had been drinking before getting behind the wheel. It is unclear what type of sobriety test was performed, and the accident investigation is still underway.
The incident took place on Feb. 6 while the accused woman was traveling northbound on Appian Way near the intersection of Marlesta Road, authorities said. At around 6:10 p.m., the woman apparently lost control of her vehicle before colliding head-on with a southbound car. Following the initial crash, the woman continued to drive before fatally hitting a pedestrian. The pedestrian died in the ambulance while being rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead by the Contra Costa County coroner’s office.
As a result of the accident, the accused driver was transported to a hospital for treatment of her injuries. Although the extent of her injuries is unclear, it is known that she remained hospitalized overnight. The driver of the second car involved in the accident reportedly experienced some pain and did not require an extended hospital stay.
Even if the accused woman is found to be at fault in the accident, she may be able to prove that she was not intoxicated when it occurred. It’s possible that the woman may have made a driving error that happened as a result of exhaustion or distraction. With the help of a DUI lawyer, the woman may be able to convince a judge to lower the DUI charge to manslaughter. One possible way that the woman could do this would be to dispute the results of the sobriety test police might have given her at the scene. In this woman’s particular case, the traumatic nature of the incident she was involved in could have caused her to fail the field sobriety test while she was unimpaired.