On Sunday, August 30th, 2020, authorities responded to a report of a collision in Sunnyvale, California. The alleged DUI accident unfortunately resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found a heavily damaged vehicle in the Central Expressway eastbound lanes. Emergency personnel found 13-year-old Michelle Hernandez suffering from major injuries that she sustained from the impact of the crash. She had been sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle when the accident occurred. Sadly, she succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, identified as Bryan Gonzalez-Lopez, 18, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Gonzalez-Lopez was driving between Mary Avenue and Bernardo Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle. When authorities examined him closely, they suspected that he was inebriated.
They booked him into the Santa Clara County Jail and charged him with driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. Liability on the part of Gonzalez-Lopez appears clear in this incident. Although a first-time DUI is usually a misdemeanor, a minor was killed in this tragedy, which increases the likeliness of harsher DUI penalties. In this case, the court could charge the DUI as a felony.
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