The teenage suspect in the Irvine Lake crash that killed one and injured five is under arrest on suspicion of manslaughter and driving under the influence, reports The Orange County Register.
The unknown 18-year-old driver was allegedly speeding in a Subaru Legacy with six other passengers when he lost control and smashed into a tree near Irvine Lake early Sunday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
One of the passengers, Jorge Cisneros, later died from the injuries he sustained during the crash. The other passengers, all male and ranging in ages from 14 to 18, were also injured. Three of them were ejected from the vehicle and thrown down an embankment towards Irvine Lake. All six of the victims were taken to various hospitals in the Orange County area.
The 18-year-old suspect is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
California has a zero-tolerance drinking and driving policy for underage drivers. An underage driver can be charged with a DUI if their blood-alcohol level is found to contain just the slightest amount of alcohol - typically 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. However, if someone is seriously injured or dies as a result of underage drinking, the offender could face several years in state prison. It is likely the young driver will need an experienced Los Angeles DUI attorney to defend himself from the extremely serious charges.
- Find a Los Angeles DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
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- Couple Killed by Underage DUI Driver Near Disneyland (The Los Angeles DUI Blog)