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California car accidents: Baby dies after fatal crash

Driving under the influence is never a good idea on California roadways. The penalties can be severe, and more importantly, it is extremely unsafe. Car accidents may more easily occur when someone is driving in an impaired condition. Recently, a baby died soon after her birth as a result of a head-on collision involving an alleged drunk driver.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reports that a 25-year-old man was driving when his car traveled into oncoming traffic. He crashed head-on into another car, driven by a woman in her eighth month of pregnancy. The woman was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries, but gave birth while she was there. The baby girl born in the hospital died, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver who caused the collision suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency personnel. His driver's license had previously been suspended seven times in the past six years. He had three prior convictions for driving under the influence.

The man has been charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of two other DUI offenses. He faces DUI charges as well. It is also alleged that he caused great bodily harm to the woman involved in the accident. The man remains in jailed on $2 million bond. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The loss of a child is devastating, especially when it could have been avoided. California residents who have suffered similar losses in car accidents may choose to file lawsuits against the drivers responsible for the crashes. While California law does not permit wrongful death damages with regard to the loss of a fetus, the subsequent death of a newborn baby may give rise to a claim. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help a family determine whether a wrongful death lawsuit is appropriate and offer ongoing assistance in  pursuing justice. 

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Man Charged With Murder After Baby is Born, Dies Following Car Crash", Patrick Healy, June 1, 2017

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