On Wednesday, July 1st, the District Attorney’s Office in Contra Costa, California, filed felony charges against Miguel Lechuga-Damian, 35, for killing a female passenger in his vehicle. The man would need a top accident lawyer’s expertise to answer to the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving drunk within ten years of a prior DUI offense.
The defendant is also facing a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license. The accident Lechuga-Damian is about to stand trial for happened on Thursday, June 25th, around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and Hilltop Drive.
The accident report showed that the car the man was driving spun out of control and struck the center divider of the roadway before hitting a tree. The crash’s impact left 31-year-old resident of San Rafael, Mayra Morales, with fatal injuries while Lechuga-Damian suffered non-life-threatening wounds.
The man is in custody, and the DA’s office said his bail bond is $490 000. The court documents showed that the defendant has a misdemeanor drunk driving conviction in Contra Costa from 2016. In 2019, he was convicted of driving on a suspended license in Marin County.
Vehicular manslaughter is a severe offense in California, punishable with a prison sentence of not less than four years, and not exceeding ten years. In convicting a person of the crime, the court would look at the fact that without prior intent, the offender killed the victim with a motor vehicle by engaging in unlawful or negligent conduct.
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