On May 6th, Javan Draper of Pomona was arrested for a fatal crash that occurred nearly three months prior. The accident led to the sudden death of one of his two young passengers, Anthony Tucker Jr.
Last Thursday, Draper pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, driving under the influence causing injury within 10 years of another DUI conviction, and driving with an illegal blood-alcohol content. Murder charges can occur when a DUI accident claims the life of another person; however, it is not considered a separate murder charge. Instead, it is categorized as a second-degree murder charge.
The Accident Leading to the DUI Charges
The original accident occurred on February 18th in Pomona, California at approximately 2 a.m.
Investigation determined that Draper was driving southbound at a dangerously high speed in a black Chrysler with two passengers when he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a concrete center median. The collision caused Draper’s vehicle to roll over before smashing into a large palm tree.
As a result of the impact, Draper and one of his passengers remained trapped inside of the car, while 23-year-old Anthony Tucker Jr. got ejected. Emergency personnel determined that Tucker’s injuries were fatal and pronounced him dead at the scene.
Draper and the other surviving passenger were treated at a nearby hospital for their severe injuries.
From the subsequent investigation, the police determined that Draper’s intoxication, caused by a mixture of illegal drugs and alcohol, was the cause of the fatal collision.
Bail Set at $2 Million
According to records, Draper is being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility with his bail set at over $2 million.
Draper faces one of the most serious DUI charges possible, which is why he will need representation that is well-versed in difficult cases such as this. The case needs to be handled in a meticulous and thorough manner, while respecting both the victim and the defendant.
If you or someone you know are in need of professional DUI defense, seek the assistance of experienced attorneys who strive to provide the best outcome.