An alleged drunk driving accident in California resulted in three deaths last weekend. According to local officials, the head-on collision occurred after a wrong-way driver crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic along Interstate 80 in Granite Bay during early morning hours on Saturday. The driver accused of causing the accident was the only survivor.
2 Victims Worked Together at Taco Bell
Two of the fatal accident victims were an 18-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman, who worked together at Taco Bell. The team at Taco Bell and their manager were having a hard time believing the news of the tragic accident.
Their manager said that they were both exemplary staff members and expressed how much they meant to her. Referring to the victims as "kids," the manager said that they did not deserve to die in this fashion. She said that the female victim was the first person she elected to receive the employee of the month award and she was a happy, bubbly and perky person. The owner of the Taco Bell franchise plans to donate money to Mothers Against Drunk Driving in memory of the teens.
Wrong-Way Driver Also Injured
A mutual friend of the teens, a 20-year-old man who was riding in their vehicle, was also killed in the crash. As of last reports on Saturday evening, the 24-year-old allegedly drunk driver was still being held in the hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
The driver who allegedly caused this accident clearly has an uphill battle ahead of him. He will likely face charges of drunk driving and manslaughter in court. It is highly likely that he will also be targeted with wrongful death lawsuits from family members of the accident victims. Secondary only to his medical recovery, this man will need to focus on his criminal defense if he hopes to avoid spending time in prison or jail.
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