The latest from the Fast and Furious franchise, “Furious 7,” has made over $350 million in the U.S. and over $1 billion in the foreign film market. With so many fans of the popular film series that has brought street racing to the big screen, drivers may be looking for the thrill that comes with fast driving. Street racing is itself a criminal violation in California, but when it is combined with alcohol, the danger level only increases.
Here in Northern California, a driver was recently arrested after a deadly accident involving street racing and alcohol. 20-year-old Marcus Perez-Negrete, was behind the wheel of his Saturn Astra street racing a driver of a Ford Focus. They got up to speeds of about 50 miles per hour in the early morning hours when Perez-Negrete ran a stop sign and crashed into another car.
The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital, while the 61-year-old passenger died on the scene. The underage speeder has been charged with DUI, having a speeding contest, reckless driving resulting in bodily injury and vehicular manslaughter, and is being held on bail of more than $400,000.
Near Salida, California, two 19-year-old drivers were reportedly street racing in the predawn hours. The were travelling at speeds of nearly 100 mph, when one of the speeding cars crashed into a truck. The driver of the truck was killed in the crash. The underage driver involved in the accident was also under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI and reckless driving.
A driver in Southern California was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after he crashed into a commercial building, which ended up starting a fire. According to officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lomita Station, two cars were racing in Rolling Hills estates around 3:30 a.m., when the accident occurred.
A 21-year old driver of one Ford Mustang lost control of his vehicle, which went airborne, flipped over, and crashed into a commercial building under construction, starting a fire in the building. The driver and two passengers were taken to a hospital, but had only mild injuries. The driver was charged on suspicion of DUI. The building was reportedly severely damaged and the Mustang was totalled. The other driver, also behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang fled, the accident.
A woman in Idaho faces additional charges after she got into an accident after street racing with her 5-year-old daughter in the car. 23-year-old Shariah Whitney was racing a friend at speeds up to 70 mph through residential streets when she lost control of her car, and crashed into a parked vehicle. While her husband said she had no more than two drinks before getting into the car, her blood alcohol content (BAC) was tested at more than double the legal limit. She has been charged with a DUI, reckless driving, open container, possession of marijuana, and driving without insurance.
At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending people charged with DUIs and other traffic violations in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of DUI experience, she understands the penalties involved, and knows how to fight to keep your arrest from ending in a conviction. Contact your local East Bay DUI defense attorney who will make sure you get the justice you deserve.