Suspected DUI Leads to Trial

A California resident suffered severe injuries when he was hit by a car in 2013, and the suspected driver has been accused of hitting him on purpose. On Oct. 5, 2013, the accused woman, a 26-year-old law student at Hastings College, was allegedly driving the wrong way on 14th street in Oakland after having been kicked out of a nearby bar. A 26-year-old cook was leaving the same bar that the woman had been kicked out of and was crossing the street.

The police say that the woman mistook the man for a member of a group of graffiti vandals who she claimed had attacked her earlier that evening. She hit the man, allegedly intentionally, and fled the scene. The man suffered severe head injuries from the pedestrian accident and treated at the ICU. He still suffers health problems related to the accident. Reports did not indicate what the woman's blood alcohol content was at the time of the crash.

The suspected driver has been charged with felony DUI, hit-and-run and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. At the hearing for the incident on July 3, the judge ordered that the woman must stand trial for the accident. Her arraignment was scheduled for July 16.

In cases where a person is injured due to the negligence or deliberate actions of another, medical bills can often prove to be financially crippling. For this reason, the victim may consider filing a lawsuit against the at-fault party. A personal injury lawyer could negotiate for a settlement that, if received by the victim, could cover the victim's medical bills and possibly lost wages and pain and suffering.

Source: Contra Costa Times, "Trial ordered for drunk Hastings College law student who hit Oakland pedestrian", Malaika Fraley , July 05, 2014

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