Friday, February 15, 2008

Speeding & Running Stop Sign BMW in California DUI crash causing death

California DUI attorney news

California DUI Police said a suspected California DUI - drunk driver killed a woman in east Bakersfield Thursday night then tried to run off, but was detained by citizens.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a 34-year-old man crashed his BMW into a pickup truck carrying four people on Casa Loma Drive, sending all of them to the hospital and killing 45-year-old Lilia Aranda.

CHP officials said the man was speeding when he ran the stop sign and hit a dip in the road at Madison Street while heading east on Casa Loma Drive. The driver then lost control of his vehicle and hit the pickup head-on, California DUI police said.

The force of the California DUI impact folded the dashboard on top of the four adults who were seated in the front of the single cab pickup.

As fire crews began the difficult task of trying to cut the victims out of the truck, California DUI police said the man tried to run from the scene. They said bystanders chased after him and held him until California DUI police arrived.

Sgt. Travis Mitchell of the CHP said two citizens detained the man until the Bakersfield California DUI police arrived.

Aranda died at an area hospital. She was the only person who was not wearing a seat belt.

Other passengers from the pickup sustained major injuries.

The driver of the BMW was also taken to an area hospital for medical treatment.

Police said the man now faces charges of California Drunk Driving / felony DUI hit-and-run.