A man accused of drunk driving is facing charges after a severe crash that claimed four lives and sent a further nine people to the hospital. California Highway Patrol has confirmed the fatal accident is believed to have been caused by intoxication on the part of the driver. He has been charged with driving under the influence causing injury or death.
According to the accident report, the unidentified man was operating a truck when he drove it directly off Coronado Bridge. The truck fell some 60 feet into Chicano Park, which was the site of a crowded festival taking place on Oct. 15. The truck landed on top of four people, all of whom were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
A further nine people were badly injured in the crash and rushed to local hospitals. The driver also suffered major trauma and is being treated in advance of standing trial for his alleged crimes. It is unclear what state the other injured parties were in at the time when they were admitted to the hospital.
California police have already pressed charges against the driver involved in the fatal accident, which he will face when he is out of the hospital. In addition, the families of the deceased and the injured parties are entitled under state law to file personal injury and/or wrongful death suits against the driver. Even if he is not convicted on the criminal charges, suits filed in a civil court setting can make use of police evidence to bolster the cases.
Source: CBS News, “4 dead, 9 injured when car plunges off San Diego bridge“, Oct. 15, 2016