Anaheim police believe two pedestrians were struck and killed near Disneyland by a suspected underage DUI driver, reports The Orange County Register.
The incident, which occurred early Saturday morning, involved a man and a woman who were walking in a crosswalk on South Harbor Boulevard near Disney Way. They were struck by a Chevrolet Astro van and reportedly died at the scene. When police arrived, a boy under the age of 18 allegedly admitted to driving the van. Although a witness reported other passengers present at the time of the incident, they allegedly fled before authorities arrived.
Police suspect that impairment was involved in the accident, according to Sgt. Bob Dunn. Like many states, California has a zero-tolerance drinking and driving policy for people under the legal drinking age of 21. An underage driver can be charged with a DUI if their blood-alcohol level is found to contain the slightest amount of alcohol - 0.02 percent or higher.
Underage DUI drivers can face serious consequences, including jail time, probation, high fines, and a minimum year-long revocation of their driving privileges. Further, since the victims died in the suspected DUI accident, the driver could face felony drunk driving charges, which include a sentence of more than a year in state prison.
Although police have not arrested the driver yet, it is advisable that he retain the services of an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney given the severity of charges he likely faces. In the meantime, he remains hospitalized for non life-threatening injuries since the accident near Disneyland.
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