Authorities have been investigating a fatal crash that occurred near the end of November in Lakeside. According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving an small SUV hit a pedestrian. This individual was arrested for a possible DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
On the evening of Nov. 29, a 33-year-old male was driving an SUV when he supposedly fell asleep while behind the wheel and struck a pedestrian and then a pole. The victim, a 34-year-old woman, died at the scene of the crash despite the efforts of paramedics. The driver was taken into custody shortly after the incident occurred.
Investigators claim to have found several bottles of prescription drugs in the accused's car. A field sobriety test was administered, which the driver is said to have failed. Toxicology reports have not been reported. The accused was booked into the San Diego Central Jail. It is unknown as to whether he is still being held by authorities or if he has been released.
Felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter charges can carry extremely strict penalties in California. While the accused may have a long legal battle in front of him, he does have the right to work with legal counsel in an effort to fight these charges and seek the best outcome possible. Part of this battle will include questioning any supplied evidence that suggests impairment. Field sobriety and toxicology tests are not always 100 percent accurate, so looking for errors in collection and testing may bring forth information that can be of benefit to the accused in court.
Source: fox5sandiego.com, "Lakeside woman killed by suspected drugged driver", Nov. 29, 2015