A California woman was arrested following an auto-pedestrian crash in the San Diego area. The accused claims to have fallen asleep behind the wheel, leading to the accident; however, authorities believed she was driving while impaired. She has been charged with felony DUI and other charges for this incident.
According to a local report, the accused -- a 30-year-old woman -- was driving home from work when she allegedly fell asleep and struck two girls who were walking on a sidewalk. The girls, ages 10 and 12, were both transported to the hospital for treatment. In a video that accompanied the written report, it has been said that the 12-year-old suffered significant injuries to her leg, while the 10-year-old was admitted in critical condition and was on life-support.
The driver believed responsible is accused of leaving the scene of the accident. Authorities say that she drove home to get her father and came back to the scene about 30 minutes later. She was arrested shortly after returning to the seen. Bail was set at $1 million in this case.
Felony DUI, hit-and-run and the other charges filed in this case can have life-changing consequences for the accused if she is convicted. At this time, it is unclear as to what substance authorities believe she under the influence of at the time of the crash. The accused will have the opportunity to fight such accusations, though, with the assistance of counsel. This can be done by reviewing and questioning police records, drug testing procedures and toxicology reports. By taking the time to thoroughly investigate this case, information may come to light that will help the accused fight her case in a California criminal court.
Source: fox5sandiego.com, "Driver claims she fell asleep before hitting 2 girls, police say", Jason Sloss, Feb. 20, 2016