A fiery wreck occurred around 3:45 p.m. on April 25 in Sutter County. The California Highway Patrol reported a 38-year-old male driver from Oroville is suspected of causing the accident and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police arrested the man on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
The fatal accident happened on Highway 113 near Yuba City when the suspect, who was traveling north on the highway in a pickup truck, swerved off the road and consequently overcorrected his vehicle. He crashed head-on into a sedan traveling south. Upon impact, the sedan flipped over and burst into flames, trapping three men inside the car. According to a witness, he tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but the flames emitted too much heat to get close enough to do so. The men died in the wreckage. It was reported that all three were brothers.
When drunk drivers cause accidents, the police may take the accused into custody at the scene. However, the charges imposed on a suspect could change pending the completion of the accident investigation and possible toxicology tests.
Family members of the deceased in a case like this might seek the advice of a personal injury attorney who understands the state laws. An attorney may help if the family decides to seek damages for the loss of their loved ones. A wrongful death suit could be filed at the civil court level. It would be handled as a matter separate from any criminal charges the defendant faces. A personal injury attorney can also assist families with insurance company negotiations and settlements.
Source: CBS Sacramento, 3 Killed In Head-On Crash On Highway 113; DUI Suspect Arrested," April 25, 2015
Source: Appeal Democrat, 3 brothers die in Sutter County head-on crash; man arrested on suspicion of DUI," Chris Kaufman, April 26, 2015