A California woman is in police custody for what they say was a grizzly act of negligence behind the wheel. She is currently facing multiple charges for driving under the influence and for striking a pedestrian with her vehicle. The pedestrian-related car accident ultimately had a tragic ending.
Police believe the 29-year-old driver had spent the night bar hopping before getting behind the wheel of her vehicle and driving toward her home. Before she actually reached her house, she struck a man crossing the street. The vehicle’s exact speed at the time of impact is not currently known, but the woman was traveling fast enough to cause the man’s body to fully penetrate the windshield and strike the passenger’s seat; his leg was severed in the process and ended up on the car’s trunk.
Instead of stopping, notifying authorities and attempting to render aid, the woman apparently continued driving to her home and then ran inside. The commotion caused a neighbor to notice the man still lodged in the windshield, but the driver insisted that everything was fine and nothing was amiss. Police arrived on the scene some time later and arrested the driver, who is currently being held in lieu of $130,000 bail. Authorities pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The driver later admitted to California authorities that she had visited several different bars before causing the deadly car accident on the way home. Although she apparently conceded that she had been responsible for the collision, she did not offer any explanation for failing to stop after striking the pedestrian. Accidents such as these can be especially difficult for family members of the victim, but they are not without options. When successfully navigated, a wrongful death claim can result in just compensation for the victim’s estate and damages related to the wreck.
Source: Inquisitr, “Bar Hopping California Woman Hits Man, Drives A Mile With His Dead Body Lodged In Window And Severed Leg On Trunk“, June 28, 2016